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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Discrimination happens on a daily basis in big ways and little ways. Since the start of Covid, there’s been a disturbing rise in violence against Asian folks, on-going police violence against Black folks, and people in power denying a system of racism such as the on-going Millenial scoop of Indigenous youth. We share a history and ongoing problems of colonialism, racism and xenophobia.

We also share a history of folks organizing and pushing back on hate. Join or start a group to push back, support the community, and reclaim spaces. Some local examples and there are many more, include AnishiativeQPOC and Black Space Winnipeg

Racism and intolerance can take many forms — sometimes it’s bigger systematic things like denying people or groups equal access to basic rights. We see it in the media by how some groups get talked about. We see with the government by who they prioritize and listen to.  Sometimes it is in our day-to-day lives like stereotypes, passing comments, workplace/school structures, or being followed by security guards.  Big or small, discrimination is never okay.

If you are dealing with discrimination know that it is not your fault. Talking with someone you trust about your experiences. This could also include a phone line such as the Kids Help Phone 

We can all challenge ourselves to think and act in ways that are more accepting and inclusive. We can also take action! Listed below are just some of the ways we can encourage more diversity in our schools or community life.

  • Look at your own attitudes and behaviors daily.
  • Think about the language you use and stop saying hurtful things. This could be sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, etc. terms or phrases (like, “that’s so gay” or “that’s retarded”). We are all going to make mistakes occasionally and say something insensitive. When it happens apologize and keep trying.
  • Learning and unlearning is a lifelong process, but it starts by seeking out knowledge and listening to those with lived experiences.
  • Learn about the real history of the land you live on or are visiting.
  • Don’t laugh at offensive jokes. Call the person in. Have a conversation.
  • Step outside your comfort zone and get to know different types of people, their stories, their hopes, and their dreams.
  • Learn from people who are different from you. Listen more than you talk.
  • Be politically aware. Educate yourself and understand what is happening in Canada and around the world.

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