EMPOWERING WOMEN - DAUGHTERS OF THE VOTE, CAMPUS TOWN HALL
Senator Martin participated in various events during Women’s History Month (March), including Equal Voice's 2021 Daughters of the Vote, Women in Politics Campus Town Hall with university students from BC, Alberta, and Ontario, and a webinar by the Calgary Korean Women’s Association.
MARCH 2021 COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Senator Martin co-hosted (with MP Alice Wong) a virtual event titled Leadership & Community Engagement in Canadian Politics with leaders of the BC and Edmonton Filipino communities. Senator Martin also attended two virtual events (with GTA and BC Korean communities) to celebrate Korean Independence Day.
MARCH 12- 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR VIRTUAL GATHERING
On March 12th, Senator Martin, as Co-Chair of Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and Grand Patron of KVA Heritage Unit, hosted a virtual gathering of Korean War veterans, dignitaries, members of Korean War Commemorative Committees across Canada, stakeholders, teachers and students to raise the 70th anniversary of the Korean War banner for 2021 and the continuation of the #KoreanWarForgottenNoMore commemorative campaign.
FEBRUARY 25 - BILATERAL MEETING CANADA-BULGARIA
Historic inter-parliamentary meeting in celebration of the 55th anniversary of Canada Bulgaria diplomatic relations.
FEBRUARY 13 - KOREAN LUNAR NEW YEAR
Ottawa, ON - Sen. Martin co-hosted a special lunar new year event with MP Nelly Shin for the national Korean Canadian community; The Hon. Erin O’Toole made a surprise visit and joined the virtual celebration.
Senator Yonah Martin and MP Nelly Shin - in partnership with Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver and the BC community – co-hosted a New Year Zoom event for the broader community in celebration of the new year and hope for a better 2021. Over the course of January, Senator Martin also attended virtual new year events hosted by community organizations (NUAC Vancouver, CBMC and KCCA); and participated in webinars and various stakeholder meetings. As Co-Chairs of Canada Bulgaria Parliamentary Friendship Group, Senator Martin and MP Chen met with the Ambassador of Bulgaria, the Consul General in Toronto, and the Honorary Consul in BC (along with the President of the BC community) to discuss key priorities and plans to mark the milestone 55th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Bulgaria. 2021 is on course to be a highly productive and significant milestone year!
KOREAN WAR LEGACY PROJECT
The Korean War Legacy Project is one of the key projects for the 70th anniversary #koreanwarforgottennomore campaign. In January, the Task Force (chaired by Senator Martin) met with the lead educator (President of Social Studies Educators Network of Canada, SSENC) of the Writing Team that will create an impactful educational resource about the Korean War, to be promoted and made available to teachers across Canada. SSENC is a national network of educators from every province and territory. Canada’s legacy project will be the third of its kind, following the publication of the American and UK resources. It is fitting for Canada to be the third project to be undertaken, paralleling the order of contributing nations to the UN Special Forces during the Korean War. Additionally, the student initiators of Intergenerational Integrities, who interviewed veterans and created essays, stories and poems that were then published in a special anthology, have been actively sharing quotes from their interviews on social media. If you have an Instagram account, you can follow them at @inter_gen_integrities