THE RIGHT TO REMAIN (R2R) Documentary airs on CBC Television

Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents find an unexpected and influential ally as they fight to save their community from developers.


National airdate Saturday, March 12, 2016 on CBC Television

Original airdate August 8, 2015, North by Northwest, guest host Grant Lawrence speaks with writer, director and producer Greg Masuda about his new documentary The Right to Remain, about the history of displacement in the Downtown Eastside. 00:33 to 10:40 Listen Online

 The Right to Remain (R2R)

Canada’s Downtown Eastside is possibly Canada’s most important sites for the struggle over human rights. Since the original settlement of Vancouver, its inhabitants have continuously stood against a steady stream of human rights violations as the neighbourhood has been subjected to colonization, racialization, stigmatization, and now gentrification. A unified legacy of human rights achievement – an assertion of the Right to Remain in the face of a continuous effort to uproot is unfortunately not well known. Acknowledging the Right to Remain could be an important reminder to those who seek to revitalize the neighbourhood through improvements to buildings, streets, and parks. The Downtown Eastside has always been defined by its people, and its the people who will determine the future of the neighbourhood.

Our project seeks to carefully chronicle a unified history of the Downtown Eastside, in an effort to teach Canadians about our human rights legacy, including the important role that the community plays in present challenges to our rights to housing, health, food, and to the city itself. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, “Revitalizing Japantown?” is being undertaken by community organizations, artists, and researchers between 2012 and 2016 who are working to reclaim and re-enliven the human rights history of the DTES to ensure that the rights of present-day inhabitants are prioritized amidst rapid social and environmental change.

The research team respectfully acknowledges that the Downtown Eastside is situated on the traditional territories of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


Jeff Masuda, PhD
Principal Investigator

c/o Queen’s University
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
SKHS Building, Room KHS301T
28 Division Street,
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

Tel: (613-533-6000 ext. 77560