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Mourners react during a moment of silence at a vigil for the victims of the deadly vehicle attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

London terror attack: Canadians have become desensitized to violence against Muslims

Four members of a family were killed in a hate crime — only the nine-year-old son survived. Islamophobia has created a culture of hate in Canada that threatens those who are perceived as Muslim.
People embrace in front of the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill at a memorial for the 215 children whose remains were found at the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As an Indigenous doctor, I see the legacy of residential schools and ongoing racism in today’s health care

A commitment to eliminating racism must be reflected in accountability mechanisms that focus on the impacts of coordinated and consistent anti-racist action.
A person lays shoes on the steps of city hall in Kingston, Ont., at a memorial for the 215 children whose remains were recently discovered on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why many Canadians don’t seem to care about the lasting effects of residential schools

Canadians need to understand the basic harms and violences that continue to be experienced by Indigenous people across the land we call Canada.
Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, during his March Against Fear. AP Photo/Jack Thornell, File

Shot 55 years ago while marching against racism, James Meredith reminds us that powerful movements can include those with very different ideas

Meredith is a civil rights hero who doesn’t fit neatly into political categories. He espouses conservative ideas, yet he proclaims a radical mission to destroy white supremacy.
People across Canada, including this scene in Edmonton, have left shoes and candles at public displays in recognition of the discovery of children’s remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

No longer ‘the disappeared’: Mourning the 215 children found in graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School

Ground-penetrating radar located the remains of 215 First Nations children in a mass unmarked grave, revealing a macabre part of Canada’s hidden history.
Legislation pending in Congress would contribute to reforming how police conduct themselves – but there’s a limit to what federal legislation can do. Seth Herald / AFP/Getty Images

Congress can’t do much about fixing local police – but it can tie strings to federal grants

While many in America are looking to Congress to pass police reform legislation, the federal government has almost no control over state and local police departments.
A demonstration for peace in Buenaventura, Colombia, where a cartel turf war has left at least 30 people dead since the beginning of this year. Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

Colombian city beset by crime declares ‘Black Lives Matter’

A lethal turf war between drug traffickers has terrorized Buenaventura, Colombia for months. Now protesters are demanding the government’s help to protect people in this mostly Black city.
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 21, the day a cease-fire took effect after 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Why hatred should be considered a contagious disease

Hate-inspired violence is the cause of conflict around the world. It’s time to consider hatred as a serious public health issue and even a disease so it can be treated — and possibly prevented.
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.
Smoke rises from damaged properties after the Tulsa race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June 1921. Oklahoma Historical Society via Getty Images

100 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, lessons from my grandfather

More Americans are learning about the 1921 massacre in the prosperous Black section of Tulsa known as the ‘Black Wall Street.’ For Gregory Fairchild, it is a part of his family history.
Indigenous women are insisting upon a broadening of policies that facilitate safety and justice for all women. James Ross/AAP

Carceral feminism and coercive control: when Indigenous women aren’t seen as ideal victims, witnesses or women

A documentary series aimed to spark national conversation about criminalising coercive control. However, it highlighted power imbalances in conversations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.
Each headstone in Minneapollis’ ‘Say Their Names’ cemetery represents a Black American killed by police – deaths that create a ripple effect of pain felt in Black communities nationwide. Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

Evidence shows that many Black Americans experience police killings of unarmed Black people – even those they do not know – as traumatic events, causing acute physical and emotional distress.

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