When people think 'racism,' they think about hate groups or actions that happened in the past. Recent events have shown we are not as colourblind as once believed. For some, getting treated the same simply does not happen and Canada has a history of not treating people the same. While many are familiar with Indigenous peoples and their encounters with racism, many groups have encountered overt and covert ways of keeping them out. For others, events happen suddenly making generations of Canadians from one group 'the enemy' overnight.
This guide does go over historical instances of racism but also focuses on what's happening now. Anti-racism aims to carry the dark side of history, learn from it, in order to remain mindful to do better, to listen to those voices and help effect true change and authentic diversity.
It is the goal of this guide to contribute to our educational efforts in acknowledging how racism has shaped our thinking and actions, enhancing our knowledge, and speaking out against racism and systemic barriers.
We acknowledge the contribution of Joan Boersma, Reference Technician, of resources involving the Indigenous experience with racism and marginalization, and Meagan Acquisto, Library Technician, for her work on the Anti-Black Racism page.
Beyond our resources, the college offers diversity training to students across different programs and campuses to prepare them not only for the classroom but for their future in the workplace. For more information check out the college's Diversity Training website or contact:
Diversity Initiatives Coordinator