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Introducing Our New CRRC Coordinator: Czarina Garcia

CRRC is pleased to introduce our new Coordinator, Czarina Garcia (she/her). Czarina will be overseeing all daily operations of CRRC and maintaining positive relationships with community stakeholders and political leaders to promote increased community understanding of racial intolerance and racial disadvantage arising from the institutional and systemic nature of racism.

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CRRC History
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Are You Part of CRRC’s History?

We want to hear from anyone connected to CRRC past and present. Tell us your stories and help us document CRRC’s history for our 40th anniversary. Email CRRC if you have stories to share about your involvement.

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Dr Pamela Palmater on Black Lives Matter

A Mi’kmaw lawyer from Eel River Bar First Nation, Dr Palmater is an author, activist and Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her Education for the Resistance Youtube channel focuses on educating the public and providing insight and analysis on issues in Indian country.

Systemic Racism in Canada
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Systemic Racism in Canada

If you think that your community is immune from racism, remember that systemic racism is embedded into the very fabric of our lives. There is racism in every Canadian community because the policies and practices of our institutions create different outcomes for different racial groups.

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CRRC History
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Pam Palmater - Black Lives Matter
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Systemic Racism in Canada
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Black History Month
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Black History Month Artist and Performer Callout

Black Live Matter Nogojiwanong invites you to help create content for Black History Month 2022. To honour this month they want to support your art, creativity, and passion to memorialize this time and your experiences. As we honour and remember

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What More is There to Say?

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There is no shortage of commentary on the recent racist incidents. Many reflections on a singular issue that has plagued us for millennia. What more is there to say? Apparently, there is plenty more that needs to be said but what will it take for real and sustained change? Recent events clearly show that there is much more work to be done. 

None of this is new and while some progress has been made there is a long way to go. I was given a teaching years ago, the gist of it was that we have teachings placed before us numerous times until finally we are ready to receive them. So here we are again getting a teaching about normalized racism. Are we ready to accept this teaching yet?

We are at a tipping point. A point where even political leaders and (some) police are acknowledging that racism exists and is a problem. But as I listen to these leaders, I realize that acknowledging racism is not the same as understanding racism. This was made clear in recent statements by the Premier of Ontario. Like the Premier, many believe we are better at race relations than the U.S. – We are not. This myth will be our undoing.

What I want is for people to truly understand how everyday/normalized racism functions not just the sound bites prepared for a press conference. I want to hear how our leaders are doing the work of anti-racism themselves. What are they personally doing to unlearn racism?

I am so sick of hearing “I am not a racist” from folks when they get caught doing or saying something that is racist. We all have racial prejudice. Accept it.  Only then can we do the work needed to become anti-racists. We need allies to be more. We need accomplices willing to take action and speak up whenever and wherever racism presents itself. 

The current situation has put a magnified spotlight on inequality, racism and discrimination. With a significant portion of the global community in some state of quarantine we have plenty of time to amuse ourselves online, giving us a front row seat to Viral Racism 2020. 

There is no denying we are at a tipping point in our collective history. Let’s make this moment count. Silence is no longer an option.