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Demonstrators hold a vigil marking the death of Joyce Echaquan, who recorded insults hurled at her by staff at the Joliette, QC, hospital while she was there for treatment. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Joyce Echaquan’s death: How a decolonizing approach could help tackle racism in health care

Joyce’s Principle seeks to shift the way health services are provided to Indigenous communities and ensure they are free of discrimination.
There is a growing racial consciousness in the wake of the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement. But corporate Canada is still overwhelmingly white. It’s time for a change. (Shutterstock)

Corporate diversity targets could help dismantle systemic racism

Just as women were unseen until recently, due to institutional sexism, as appropriate candidates for board positions, racialized Canadians are also dismissed due to institutional racism.
Organizers sing at a demonstration to denounce racism and police violence, June 7, 2020, in front of the legislature in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Celebrating diversity isn’t enough: Schools need anti-racist curriculum

Québec's schools operate in a model of inter-culturalism, while schools across Canada are shaped by the vision of multiculturalism. Neither approach critically addresses racism.
The Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took place across Canada during the pandemic showed that individual actions can make a difference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: The power of everyday actions can bring about change

We have seen our ability to act in alignment with public health measures during the pandemic. People's everyday actions could also make a difference in addressing systemic injustice.
Mahlikah Awe:ri along with thousands of people demonstrates during a Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto on June 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How racism works and shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic

How much further study is required and how many witnesses need to be called to establish the reality of the violence of racism?
Malaysia Hammond, 19, places flowers at a memorial mural for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

What it takes to record a Black person’s death

Recording and bearing witness to a Black person's death from police violence is in itself traumatizing.
For Black birdwatchers, the outdoors is a relaxing space but not one free from racism and discrimination. (Shutterstock)

What you should know about Black birders

As Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper learned in New York City's Central Park, nature is seen as a white space and Black birdwatching as an aberration.
An infusion of resources into local news outlets in Thunder Bay may help communities contend with recent reports of systemic racism against Indigenous communities. Shutterstock

Thunder Bay: Local news is important for conversations on reconciliation

Thunder Bay has received national press for its historically inequitable relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Local journalism could help the city face those challenges.
A man adds his comments to a spontaneous memorial of flowers and sidewalk writing that has appeared a block from the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday, Oct. 29. A gunman shot a killed 11 people while they worshipped at the synagogue the Saturday before. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

Educators must challenge the politics of evil

To grasp how extraordinary evils are often committed by ordinary people, we need to consider how we define evil, and most importantly, whom we consider to be the agents of evil.
A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

If ‘indigenizing’ education feels this good, we aren’t doing it right

Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.

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