Walk, Eat, Walk, Make – Wishes for the Downtown Eastside

Saturday, January 10th, 2014
Carnegie Community Centre and other venues
For more info: www.revitalizingjapantown.ca

About the Project
Colonized, racialized, stigmatized, gentrified – Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents, both past and present, have continuously resisted human rights violations by rallying for social justice. These histories are not well known, but could be very helpful in reminding those who seek to revitalize the neighbourhood that the DTES is not just a space occupied by buildings, streets, and parks. The DTES is its people, and the people of the DTES do not need to be “revitalized” because they are already “vital.”

But what can be done to ensure that the history of the DTES can continue to teach Canadians about our human rights legacy and present-day challenges, including human rights issues taking place around housing, health, food, and the right to the city? “Revitalizing Japantown?” is a research project being undertaken by community organizations, artists and researchers between 2012 and 2015 who are working to reclaim and re-enliven the human rights history of the DTES to ensure that the rights of present-day inhabitants are prioritized amidst rapid social and environmental change.