systemic racism

A woman smudges during a march to demand justice and raise awareness for Echaquan (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

What Joyce Echaquan knew

Pam Palmater: Systemic racism in health care continues because it has been normalized, ignored and denied, while the system places an onerous burden on First Nations peoples to prove racist hospital treatment
Wes Hall (Courtesy of Kingsdale Advisors)

How Wes Hall is attacking racist systems, starting at the top

The Torontonian—who grew up in a tin shack in Jamaica and went on to establish a top shareholder advisory firm—launched the BlackNorth Initiative to nudge social change starting in Canada’s boardrooms
Ravyn Wngz (left) in Toronto and Sandy Hudson in LA. (Photograph by Dimitri Aspinall; Photograph by Nikk Rich)

‘Courage and truth’: What Sandy Hudson and Ravyn Wngz hope to see in 2021

The Black Lives Matter activists have a discussion on what needs to happen next after a devastating but also inspiring year
Outside Toronto Police headquarters, protesters highlight the deaths in the U.S. of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and of Toronto's Regis Korchiniski-Paquet (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

The events of 2020 have made it clear that no one can ignore racism

Denying systemic racism is no longer tenable. But will the outrage of the past summer translate to substantive change?
People stage a ‘die-in’ in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed by police (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

In a new book series, Canadian critics grapple with COVID-19 and racism

An ongoing series of book-length essays called ’Field Notes’, features political and cultural critics who comment on the pandemic and anti-racism movements
Red paint is still visible on the sculpture of Macdonald at the entrance of The Prime Ministers Path in Wilmot, Ont. (Photograph by Yader Guzman)

A statue of John A. Macdonald rests in purgatory

A project featuring a statue of every Canadian PM has become a politically charged minefield as the legacies of the nation’s early leaders are reappraised according to contemporary standards
A woman carries sage as people take part in an "abolish the police sit-in" in Toronto in June (Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

What we’re seeing in 2020 is Idle No More 2.0

Pam Palmater: A much larger and more powerful movement than the last, led by Black and Indigenous peoples and supported by millions of Canadians
US President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump said Tuesday on a visit to protest-hit Kenosha, Wisconsin that recent anti-police demonstrations in the city were acts of "domestic terror" committed by violent mobs. "These are not acts of peaceful protest but really domestic terror," Trump said, describing multiple nights of angry demonstrations last week after a white police officer in Kenosha shot a black man in the back at close range. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s ’absurd manipulation of reality’ in Kenosha

Image of the Week: The owner of a wrecked shop refused to take part in Trump’s photo-op as the president used the riots to further inflame divisions rather than heal. Team Trump just found someone else to do the job.
Sansom (left) and Cardinal in the selfie sent to Sansom’s wife hours before the pair were killed (Photograph by Leah Hennel)

Death and distrust in Alberta

Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal went on a hunting trip and never came back. The killing of the two Métis-Cree men deepens Indigenous peoples’ sense that their lives are less valued.
Downey, and his wife, Chrissy, were granted the title to their land 18 years after building a home (Tim Krochak/CP)

Black Nova Scotians face one less barrier when making claims to their own land

Black people who moved to Canada in the 1800s were promised land in Nova Scotia in exchange for staying loyal to the British crown. Instead, the province granted informal licences to live on the land, not own it.