Avvy Go is clinic director at the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Debbie Douglas is executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Mohamed Boudjenane is acting president of the Canadian Arab Federation. Margaret Parsons is executive director of the African Canadian Legal Clinic. Shalini Konanur is executive director of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. Neethan Shan is executive director of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians. Chase Lo is executive director of the Chinese Canadian National Council’s Toronto chapter.
The Premier of Ontario says it’s time for her province to move beyond gender and consider all its policies through a “race lens.”
To that, we say, “Welcome to 2015.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s recent acknowledgement that Ontario needs to address its racial inequalities has been a long time coming. As Alvin Curling and Roy McMurtry lamented in their 2009 Roots Of Youth Violence report, racism is becoming a more serious and entrenched problem because Ontario is not dealing with it.
Organizations working with racialized communities have long been pushing for a racial-justice agenda in view of the ever-growing disparities facing indigenous peoples and people of colour across the province. While some limited attention has been paid by governments of all orders to the plight of first peoples, the same cannot be said about the challenges facing communities of colour.
The recent rise of hate crimes against Canadians of Muslim faith, racial profiling in the form of carding, the ongoing challenges facing indigenous peoples and African-Canadians in the criminal justice system, and the disproportionate apprehensions of children and youth of colour in the child-welfare system would seem to have provided the Ontario government with an impetus for action. Yet, the struggles for racial equality need to be fought on every front.
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