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Maryka Omatsu

Photo: Frank Cunningham 1992

Maryka Omatsu was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1948 and was educated at the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975. She is Canada's first Asian woman judge--appointed in 1993. She was the former chair of the Ontario Rights Tribunal and was an adjudicator for the Law Society Clients' Fund. She practised environmental, human rights, criminal and immigration law in Toronto for 15 years. She was also a counsel to the National Association for Japanese Canadians in their struggle for redress.

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Bittersweet Passage: Redress and the Japanese-Canadian Experience. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1992; Tokyo: Gendai Shokan, 1994.


Prime Ministers Award, Best Manuscript to be Translated, 1993.
Laura Jamieson Prize, Best Feminist Book by a Canadian author which advances knowledge and/or understanding of women's experience, 1993.
Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, External Affairs "Personalities" grant.
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