recognizing the allies we have and the writing that they are offering to raise consciousness

Kenji Tokawa

Nikkei people in Canada – my community – there is something I want to talk to you about. Right now in Ottawa where I have been living, there is a national leader who refuses to eat and is willing to die for her people. Her name is Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation. Today is the 10th day of her hunger strike. You may remember her from the international news story last year, speaking out against the government neglect and abominable conditions on her nation’s reserve on James Bay in northern Ontario. It’s strange to see those pictures of the uninsulated, overcrowded, internment-esque houses in modern day Canada. Even stranger when you think about how rich indigenous nations should be, with the abundance of natural resources they have taken care of for millenia.

As Nikkei, we have first hand knowledge of this richness. If you recall – and I’m…

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