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CRRC AGM 2023: Spring Into ReconciliAction
« All Events CRRC AGM 2023: Spring into ReconciliAction March 21 @ 6:00 pm – March 1 @ 8:30 pm Join the CRRC on Tuesday, March 21st for our Annual General Meeting followed by the ReconciliAction Award Ceremony and Keynote honouring Lynn Gehl. The event theme: “Spring into ReconciliAction” serves to honour the ReconciliAction Award Recipient, Lynn Gehl, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to also honour the transformative potential of our actions as we recognize and honour the new moon and first day of Spring. Event Details Tuesday, March 21st, 2023 @ 6pm-8:30pm The Mount Community
CRRC Black History Month 2023 Events
https://youtu.be/_3CDvhF78XQ On February 1st, 2023 @ 4pm, the Community Race Relations Committee held a virtual launch for Black History Month 2023 in the Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, Ontario community. The live dialogue was facilitated by Harriet (Isioma) Okonji, CRRC’s Communications & Marketing Placement Student from the Trent School of Busines. Speakers included CRRC Team Members: Adebayo Makanju, Program & Events Facilitator Kharington Petgrave, Social Justice Educator Patricia Wilson, Community Advocate & Outreach Coordinator Will Ward, Campus Outreach/Student Engagement Coordinator Wacera Muriuki, IMPACT Leadership Placement Student Victor Nwogu, IMPACT Leadership Placement Student Topics covered in the event launch: Black Leadership/Black Futures Embracing Cultural Diversity within
CRRC 40th Anniversary Celebration November 5th @ 2pm-5pm
Join us in celebration CRRC’s 40th Anniversary on November 5th @ 2pm-5pm at the Emmanuel United Church on 534 George St. N
Truth & Reconciliation Day
On the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, we honour the missing children and Survivors of residential schools and their families, descendants, and Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.
IG Live: Connect, Converse & Challenge Colonialism
Join the CRRC on Instagram Live at @racerelationsptbo throughout the month of October as we connect, converse, and challenge colonialism with local Indigenous changemakers from across the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe territory.
“Many Indigenous leaders have publicly stated that apologies aren’t enough. Or worse, they are meaningless in a situation where the abuse continues. Late author and Stolo Elder Lee Maracle once said, “I can forgive you for stepping on my foot but you’ve got to step off first.” Land must be returned.”
Open Mic & Movie Night – Community Picnic @ Sadleir House
Please join us on Friday, September 16th at the Sadleir House for DisOrientation Week 2022!
The CRRC is co-hosting two back-2-back events in partnership with OPIRG, Diverse Nature Collective, and Centre for Women and Trans People, with sponsorship from ReFrame Film Festival and Silver Bean Cafe.
CRRC AGM 2022: Voices for Action Against Racism in Peterborough
Join the CRRC for a hybrid (virtual & in-person) AGM and community event centered on Voices for Action Against Racism in Peterborough on Tuesday, May 17th @ 7pm-9pm with a pre-event social starting at 6pm (in-person only).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Omission and Exclusion of Black People in Canada’s Past: Canadian Enslavement and Participation in the Trans-Atlantic Black Slave Trade
This talk challenges the ethos of Canada as a place where racial injustice, inequality and discrimination were limited and outside of the mainstream. Canadian historical records documenting the early arrival of Blacks, and White responses to their arrival reveal a different story.
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
Celebrate Black History Month with the Peterborough Public Library
Every year in February, during Black History Month, the Peterborough library celebrates the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians. The theme for Black History Month 2022 is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. While the library can’t host
Black Writers to Read Right Now
For Black History Month, CRRC is pleased to share this list of 60 recommended books and other media published by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
What More is There to Say?
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.