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Canadian government must act to end anti-Black racism in public service, advocates say

Posted on 01 June 2021

The federal government must address anti-Black racism in the public service by implementing timely changes to staffing processes and effective training programs for public servants, not by long-term promises, advocates say. The Liberals pledged in the 2021 budget to make changes to the Public Service Employment Act that aim to promote a more diverse and inclusive workforce and to spend $285 milli ...

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Canadian jewellery line fights anti-Asian racism

Posted on 01 June 2021

An Edmonton-based Canadian-Vietnamese jewellery company is set to release a new collection with 100 per cent of the proceeds supporting groups that promote strength, equality, and solidarity. Founded in 1987, Paris Jewellers, which has 23 retail locations in four provinces, is co-owned and operated by sisters Chau Lui and Trang Wong. As children, the two immigrated to Canada from Vietnam with the ...

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Black and Asian solidarity against racism is powerful. But it is not the solution

Posted on 01 June 2021

I’ve written a lot about race. The present-day repercussions of slavery and colonialism; the machinations of racism; the impossible burden of being Black. I am intimately aware of the injustice and inequity that are systemically, and systematically, doled out to people who look like me, people who share my ancestry. But the alarming spike in anti-Asian racism in Canada and the United States over ...

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Many Black entrepreneurs believe racism, access to capital impeding their businesses’ development

Posted on 01 June 2021

While championing Black-owned businesses has been a recurring theme over the last 12 months, it appears many Black entrepreneurs are still facing struggles regarding their businesses' development and performance. In light of a recent report on Black entrepreneurship in Canada, the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE) expressed concern over the barriers to entrepreneurship, the feeling ...

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‘Incredibly toxic’: More Indigenous women share stories of racism in the federal bureaucracy

Posted on 01 June 2021

The gaslighting and casual racism of Karin Moen’s workplace had become so distressing that she thought about killing herself in her building lobby at 10 Wellington Street in Gatineau, Que. These thoughts followed her like a shadow for 18 months. After she typed up a suicide note on her desktop computer, Moen realized she needed help. “That day I went to the doctor. I went on stress leave for ...

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This is why Vancouver has become North America's anti-Asian hate crime capital

Posted on 01 June 2021

It’s said to be the most Asian city outside Asia. Where a quarter of residents speak a Chinese language and the char siu rivals what’s served in Hong Kong barbecue shops. Where a Sikh gurdwara, a Tibetan monastery and a Chinese evangelical church coexist in harmony along a three-kilometre stretch of road dubbed the Highway to Heaven. The kind of place that should be immune to a r ...

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Canadian Music Industry Leaders Asked to Sign Declaration to End Anti-Black Racism

Posted on 01 June 2021

The Canadian music industry is taking steps to eradicate anti-Black racism. Wednesday, June 2 marks one year since #BlackOutTuesday, the viral social media movement protesting anti-Black racism and police brutality. On this anniversary, BDRB (Breaking Down Racial Barriers), along with CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association), and ADVANCE (Canada’s Black Music Business C ...

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Conversations That Matter: Addressing anti-Asian racism

Posted on 01 June 2021

Anti-Asian racism is increasing. Over the past 12 months, reports of incidents in Canada have more than tripled according to a study by researchers at the University of Toronto, who say the reason is COVID-19. Anti-Asian racism is not new to Canada. People of Chinese descent have long experienced racism, segregation, intimidation, violence and murder because they were Chinese. The Canadian govern ...

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This Is the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America

Posted on 01 June 2021

It’s said to be the most Asian city outside Asia. Where a quarter of residents speak a Chinese language and the char siu rivals what’s served in Hong Kong barbecue shops. Where a Sikh gurdwara, a Tibetan monastery, and a Chinese evangelical church coexist in harmony along a 3-kilometer stretch of road dubbed the Highway to Heaven. The kind of place that should be immune to a ...

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‘Not racist,’ not good enough

Posted on 01 June 2021

There have been numerous points in history that have been heralded as turning points in the fight for equality for all people. Many today feel we are at such a crossroads. The past year alone has seen the adoption by B.C. of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the murder conviction of a white police officer for the killing of George Floyd, and the founding of the R ...