The DEOD, or Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District, was home for over 8000 Japanese Canadians until the government forcibly uprooted them in 1942. While the neighbourhood bears the marks of a long legacy of dispossession, today it is among the most sought after real estate markets in Vancouver. A new legacy of dispossession is now underway as gentrification uproots today's low-income community.
“Memory is the mother of the community"
- Sandy Cameron
This project supports the low-income community, and all urban inhabitants Right to Remain within neighbourhoods that they have made their home. Read more here about how the Right to Remain emerged from our research project.
One of the many assets of the DTES are the numerous, strong and vocal community organizations working to keep the priorities of the residents at the forefront of public and government attention, particularly in light of social and political failures to prevent the rapid gentrification of the neighbourhood. However, the complex, overlapping and layered histories of the area mean that these voices are often fragmented and with this, their capacity strained. The purpose of this project is to support a coalescing partnership among DTES community organizations and human rights leaders that advances a collective and sustained human rights agenda for the DTES and beyond. We are doing this through a careful historical integration of human rights struggles, community human rights dialogues , and arts-centered knowledge mobilization.
The research team respectfully acknowledges that the DTES is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
REVITALIZING JAPANTOWN? A Unifying Exploration of Human Rights, Branding, and Place -
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