Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue presents Judge Maryka Omatsu, feature speaker for the Jan 23, 2014 Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada community dialogue.
About Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada
This full-day dialogue drew upon the knowledge and experiences of affected communities to identify shared principles and approaches to support the reconciliation of injustices in Canadian society. The dialogue hosted 120 community leaders involved in the reconciliation of specific injustices, government officials, decision-makers from major institutions and members of the public. More information:
About Judge Maryka Omatsu
Maryka Omatsu, a third generation Japanese Canadian, was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She graduated with a M.A. from the U. of T. and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.
During the following 37 years, Maryka has been a lawyer for 16 years, practised human rights, environmental and criminal law; worked for all levels of Government; taught in Toronto, China and Japan; chaired the Ontario Human Rights Appeals Tribunal and adjudicated for the Ontario Law Society. 21 years ago, Maryka was the first woman of East Asian ancestry to be appointed a judge in Canada. Today, she is semi-retired, judges part time in Toronto, and lives in both Vancouver and Toronto.
Maryka was active in the Japanese Canadian community's struggle for redress, as a member of the National Association of Japanese Canadians negotiation team. Her book, Bittersweet Passage documented that history and won several prizes. It was published in Japan in 1994.