CEMA Award for South Asian Outlook Publisher
Award for South Asian Outlook publisher
Each year, CEMA gives juried awards of excellence for entries in four different categories: Print, Radio, Television and Internet, to journalists plus the Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award for the year's best contribution to the idea of multiculturalism through journalism. This award is named after Sierhey Khmara Ziniak (1905-1992), CEMA's founder.
Suresh Jaura, Publisher, South Asian Outlook e-Monthly publisher, has won the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) award, at the 30th Anniversary Award Gala, in the internet category, for his incisive editorial “Two Kinds of Canadians” on systemic prejudices against non-whites.
In his acceptance speech, on June 27, 2008, Suresh Jaura, explained the background to his winning editorial. The speech was very well received by the audience. At the reception, he was complimented by many persons from the audience.
The award was presented to Suresh by Ms Brenda Nadjiwan, Co-Chair, Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR) and Regional Director of the Ontario Region of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada.
is the second time Suresh has won the award. The first time was on June
25, 2004 at the 26th
Annual Awards Gala of Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers' Club
(CEJWC) ,now known as CEMA, when Internet
category was included for the first time in addition to Print, Radio
In 2005, Gyan Rajhans, South Asian Outlook columnist, won the award for his informative internet series on South Asian Spirituality offering an introduction to some of the faiths of Canadians from areas covered by this internet service.
The Canadian Ethnic Media Association is an organization for professionals engaged in the field of print and electronic journalism and creative writing. CEMA was founded in 1978 to answer the needs of editors, writers and broadcasters who were excluded from the then existing ethnic media association which admitted only publishers of print media.
editorial details experience of non-white Canadian citizens who after initial
difficulties have finally established themselves and have overcome the feeling
of having been let down by Canada Immigration after they migrated.
wish there was only one kind of Canadian, irrespective of colour, and of the
place and time of migration. Because let's not forget, in one way or other, at
some time or other, everyone in this room has a history of migration.
wish that there was one kind of Canadian if only because the government –
our government, that most of us elected – would honour its own laws – our
laws – in action and not just in speech. We are supposed to be a progressive
country, and it is not nice to see our government betray the principles that
it says it upholds – in our name.
wish there was one kind of Canadian so that we would not be talking in the
21st century about the kind of thing we thought went out mostly in the 19th
and the rest in the 20th. It should be too late in the day to have to say what
we are saying today.
and Gentlemen, I am not arguing against immigration controls. No sane person
would. I am saying that the family of a non-white Canadian is just as much
family as that of a white Canadian. A non-white Canadian, inviting a relative
for a visit, is required to submit a notarised sponsorship declaration, bank
account statements, list of assets, notice of assessment from Revenue Canada,
while the other Canadian does not need to send any documentation.
a government does that, it does us all an injustice. But it also does itself a
dishonour. And it disregards the most fundamental principles of our
cannot have a government that professes to fight discrimination – and then
itself discriminates. You cannot have a government where the bureaucracy
betrays the people – or some people – that it is meant to serve. You
cannot have a government that collects taxes from all, but does not share
their benefits with all.
It is a matter of simple observation that the taxes we pay do not produce differently coloured dollars. We've all done our bit to give those people in the south a run for their dollar, and we'll do it again. All I say is do not disown your own.
want to write in South Asian Outlook one day about how two kinds of Canadians
merged into one. And I want another award for that.
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