CEMiPoS Stands In Solidarity With #BlackLivesMatter

We at the Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies proudly support protesters throughout the United States and all around the world in their courageous fight against racism in all its forms.

We grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and the countless other Black lives who have been killed by the police, a violent institution rooted in the racist and colonialist history of the United States.

It is our mission as an organization to support and empower minorities against greedy capitalism and inhuman colonialism, and protect their human rights from oppression. Thus, we stand in solidarity with the Black community, and dedicate ourselves to fighting for their equality and justice.


(Re)verberation: Bridges between Poland and Japan

In October 2019, Cemipos contributed to the production of a performance “(Re)verberation: Bridges between Poland and Japan” produced by the Gdansk-based Amareya Theatre in collaboration with the Sapporo-based Ainu Women’s Association.

Sign Our Petition: Revoke Japanese Policy Restricting the Ainu Indigenous Rights to Traditional Resources

You can sign our Change.org petition here. Thank you for your support.

In September 2019, Hatakeyama-Ekashi, renowned and elder Ainu activist, was finally able to catch a ceremonious salmon for the celebration without police intervention. However, his action was promptly reported to police who have since subjected him to severe and unjust scrutiny.

We at the Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies (CEMiPoS) are demanding that the Hokkaido prefectural government withdraw its denouncement of Hatakeyama-Ekashi and that it consults the Monbetsu Ainu Association with equal footing about how to manage the natural resources of the Monbetsu River. Please help us make his story heard by signing your name on this petition.

Hiroshi Maruyama
Director of The Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies