Anti-racism groups say Canadian government must do more to fight racism

OTTAWA — Canadian anti-racism and human rights groups are calling on the federal government to do more to combat white supremacy and systemic racism.

OTTAWA — Canadian anti-racism and human rights groups are calling on the federal government to do more to combat white supremacy and systemic racism.

Fareed Khan, founder of Canadians United Against Hate, said the government must start by recognizing that the country and its institutions were built on Indigenous genocide, slavery and white supremacy.

Making their announcement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the groups urged the Canadian government “to do far better than it needs to to fight these life-threatening cancers among us. of millions of Canadians.

Alex Ihama, executive director of the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity and Equity in the Workplace, said he encourages countries to welcome Ukrainian refugees as they flee the “despicable” war started by Russia, but asked them to give the same support to non-European refugees.

David Mivasair, rabbi and member of Independent Jewish Voices, said when people who try to make honest remarks about the treatment of Palestinians are labeled as anti-Semitic, it can have other connotations. “When this continues, it’s a display of hate, an attempt to suppress and erase people’s identities and their own lived experience,” Mivasair said.

Khan said the urgency to respond to racist hatred in Canada is heightened by a recent aerosol attack on worshipers at a mosque in Mississauga, Ontario, and the vandalism of a mosque in St. John’s, in Newfoundland.

Canadians United Against Hate calls on the federal government to put in place an anti-hate strategy in coordination with provincial governments, Khan said. It would target all forms of hatred and racism in society, including on media platforms and systemic racism within institutions.

“Let’s all work together to build the kind of diverse, inclusive and tolerant Canada we all want,” he said.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 21, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Erika Ibrahim, The Canadian Press