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Protestors toppled a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald after a demonstration in Montréal on Aug. 29, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Education and democracy can help address monuments that are a reminder of racist pasts

Contending with Canada’s history means acknowledging different versions of the truth. Toppling statues won’t resolve the wrongs of the past — education is an important part of democracy and inclusion.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is taken into custody at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., after being found guilty of murder in the 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

Justice for George Floyd: Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts must result in fundamental changes to policing

The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd reveals a broken system of policing. The guilty verdicts should be a starting point for fundamental and meaningful change.
Temporary migrant workers in Canada are facing COVID-19 while dealing with an immigration system that leaves them vulnerable. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

COVID-19’s impact on migrant workers adds urgency to calls for permanent status

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought further suffering to migrant workers in Canada already experiencing the abuses of discriminatory immigration policies and poor working conditions.
Black Lives Matter protesters threw pink paint on a statue of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

Egerton Ryerson: Racist philosophy of residential schools also shaped public education

Let’s not ignore how the racist philosophy behind residential schools shaped mainstream education. Ryerson foresaw Canada’s continuing evolution into a “civilized,” white, culturally British nation.
Bianca Andreescu at a press conference in Toronto, Ont., on Dec.10, 2019. Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hans Deryk

The Lou Marsh Trophy builds on a racist legacy, tainting the award’s meaning

The Lou Marsh Trophy was named after the famous sports journalist and editor. But Marsh’s sports coverage of racialized athletes was problematic — should this prompt a renaming of the award?
Ministries of education need to embed ongoing anti-racist training into their teacher education programs. Short-term anti-bias training has little impact. Here, a school school in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Short-term anti-racist training is not enough to counter systemic racism in Canadian education

COVID-19 has exposed how systemic racism affects the lives of many racialized students in Canada. But what are some possible solutions?
Ending racism in schools requires a deep understanding of anti-Black racism. (Wayne Lee Sing/Unsplash)

How to curb anti-Black racism in Canadian schools

Although school boards have yet to find a systemic way to combat anti-Black racism, educators are in a unique position to correct these injustices.
In 2020, protests like this one in Hamilton, Ont. were held internationally to support anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. (Shutterstock)

Proud Boys terrorist group designation may deter new recruits and fundraising

Designating the Proud Boys and other right-wing extremist groups as terrorists will make it more difficult for them to fundraise, but it won’t necessarily stop the spread of hatred.
Students of School Section #13 with teacher, Verlyn Ladd, who taught at the school from 1939 to 1958. Class of 1951, Buxton, Raleigh Township, Ontario. (Buxton National Historic Site & Museum)

Black History: How racism in Ontario schools today is connected to a history of segregation

An 1850 act permitted the creation of separate schools for Protestants, Catholics and for any five Black families. Some white people used the act to force Black students into separate institutions.
Children’s television has grown increasingly diverse, reflecting an awareness of the importance of inclusion and representation. (Shutterstock)

Caillou cancelled by PBS: Kids’ TV is now more diverse, but must do better

A trend towards including more diverse characters has changed children’s television, but there’s still work to be done, especially when it comes to gender and representation.
The solution to better education in Canada isn’t a national department. Here, children sit at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., on Oct. 27, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

COVID-19 shows the cracks in public education – here’s how to repair them

Statistics Canada could help provinces and territories design and implement interventions to improve schooling quality, and governments should better engage with the public.
American history professor Jessica Krug revelation that she was white, and not Black as she had been pretending, created an immediate backlash against her. (Shutterstock)

White prof’s admission she posed as Black raises hard questions about race and identity

History professor Jessica Krug had built her life as a Black woman, but she was a white Jewish woman from Kansas. Her revelation raises questions about why some white people assume Black identities.

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