Posts tagged "race"


Bringin’ this back.

Not only because Halloween is coming up, but because the lovely golden-zephyr was gracious to make one about Romani “costumes”!

Remember, as this-is-not-native reminds us, there are endless cute, sexy, funny, even offensive costumes that don’t perpetuate racist stereotypes. There is really no excuse.


Racism, Race, & Culture

Sizeism & Body Positivity

GSM (Gender & Sexuality Minorities)



Reproductive Health



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The purpose of this study is to examine the various types of racialization that Chinese Canadian youth face and to determine if the racialization of Chinese Canadians affects the nature of their participation in anti-racism initiatives. 



2)            BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-25





Awesome prezi presentation Kim Crosby showed at The YUBSA ( york university Black Student Alliance) conference this weekend. 

Many Thanks to her for making it open to the world !

Sandra Lovelace Nicholas, a Maliseet woman from New Brunswick’s Tobique Nation,  has been a driving force in securing rights for Aboriginal women in Canada, and is also a wonderful example of the impact one woman can have when she sets out to correct an injustice.

Sandra lost her status when she married a white man, and even once divorced, she and her children didn’t recover her status. At the time, the Tobique band council refused to allocate her a subsidized house. The law made no similar provision for Native men who married non-aboriginals. Women who lost status were effectively barred from having their children educated on the reserve and taking part in band decisions. In 1977, Ms. Lovelace Nicholas took her case to the United Nations human-rights committee, charging that the discriminatory measures in Canada’s Indian Act violated an international covenant on civil and political rights – a case she won in 1981. The law was not reversed until 1985; it took her nearly ten years to recover her status.

Challenging discriminatory provisions of the Indian Act, which deprived Aboriginal women of their status when they married non-Aboriginals, she was instrumental in bringing the case before the United Nations Human Rights Commission and lobbying for the 1985 legislation which reinstated the rights of Aboriginal women and their children in Canada.  In 1990, she was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 1992, she received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas’ efforts have helped advance the cause of civil rights in this country, and her pride, strength and determination have made her a role model for many Aboriginal women. A proud mother of 4, she studied at St. Thomas University for 3 years and has a degree in residential construction from the Maine Northern Technical College.  She continues to make her home on the Tobique First Nation.

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Beverly K. Jacobs (Gowehgyuseh). She is the current President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She was born into the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation on the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Southern Ontario. Her traditional name, Gowehgyuseh means “She’s visiting.”

Jacobs is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught at the University of Windsor, the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson University and began her career as an entrepreneur and consultant with her own firm, Bear Clan Consulting where she dealt with issues such as Bill C-31, Residential Schools, Matrimonial Real Property, and Aboriginal Women’s health issues.

Jacobs’ work on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women was inspired by her work with Amnesty International as the Lead Researcher and consultant for their Stolen Sisters Report. This 2004 groundbreaking document highlighted racialized and sexualized violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. Her work with Amnesty International led her to run for President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) in 2004. There she successfully secured funding for Sisters In Spirit, a research, education and policy initiative aimed at raising public awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

In her role as NWAC President she has traveled extensively to raise awareness, rally citizens and inspire young Aboriginal women. Jacobs was re-elected for a second term as President of NWAC in 2006; in the same year she was appointed Chair of the National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk (NACOSAR), which advises the Minister of Environment and makes recommendations to the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council. In October 2008, Jacobs was honoured by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, and Civilian Peace Service Canada as one of 50 Canadian women whose work and dedication has helped to further a culture of peace in Canada. In November 2008, she was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award in commemoration of the Persons Case, which salutes Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality 

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kemba king is an artist. healer. storyteller.

she has been writing and sharing her art for over 10 years. in 2009 and 2010 she was a part of the anitafrika dub theatre playwrights-in-residence program where she wrote and co-produced the biomyth monodrama ‘where the stories are told’. during the same year, she participated and culminated from the sacred leaders mentorship program from sacred women centres international. she hosted and co-produced a radio show entitled ‘womyn’s word’ for over 10 years. she also co-directed and co-facilitated the medina collective – an organisation committed to informing and engaging young women of colour in media literacy primarily via hip hop. kemba is an emerging blogger kemba uses her experience in community organising and community counseling to support emerging leaders in toronto.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of changing public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st Century leadership. She treats the issues of our day — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. Every decision, whether environmental, political or economic, has a profound effect on those far from the corridors of power; to understand this connection is vital to building a sustainable world. This is Watt-Cloutier’s message. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we are headed.

In 2007, Sheila Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights — especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. (The Arctic is the planet’s health barometer; what happens in the world happens there first.) By making a human connection – by telling the human stories — she helped a generation see the issue in a newly urgent way. Her advocacy work — not just environmental but all-encompassing — is grounded in human rights, in our shared humanity.

Based in Nunavut, Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is also the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the prestigious Norwegian Sophie Prize. From 1995 - 2002, she was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). At the ICC, she was a hugely influential voice in the successful negotiations of the Stockholm Convention, the landmark treaty banning Persistent Organic Pollutants. (POPs end up in the Arctic and have been an alarming health issue for Inuit). She was later elected in 2002 to become the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia; she held this post until 2006. Under her leadership, she and 62 fellow Inuit from Canada and Alaska launched the world’s first international legal action on climate change, with a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is the main signatory to the petition. Displaying calm, clear and reflective leadership on various big issues, Watt-Cloutier is a much requested speaker worldwide.

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Josiah Henson. Born enslaved in Maryland, Henson saw members of his family sold. Later, he served with his mother and became both a trustworthy administrator and a preacher.

His role in escorting a group of enslaved persons to the farm of his owner’s brother made some question him. While in transit, they could easily have escaped and made themselves free, but Henson believed his owner’s offer of potential manumission (ownership of himself). So, he would not allow the escape and was sorely disappointed when he realized that his “owner” had no intention of giving him his freedom.

While many slaves escaped north where slavery had been abolished, Henson believed buying his freedom was better than life on the run. He was so trusted that he was put in charge of escorting 21 other slaves to Kentucky. While returning to Maryland, Henson preached along the way, earning him enough to buy his freedom. Betrayed by his master, Henson was sold. Deciding to flee, Henson took his family and connected with the “Underground Railroad (UGRR),” an informal network of people who assisted fugitive Blacks in gaining freedom. After a perilous six-week journey, they reached Upper Canada (now Ontario) on October 28, 1830.

In Upper Canada, Henson became a leader in the UGRR community. His involvement brought him into contact with Hiram Wilson, an American anti-slavery missionary. Together, they discussed founding a vocational school with the idea of having an organized community of UGRR refugees grow around it. In 1842, with money to establish the school secured, Henson founded the settlement of Dawn near Dresden, Upper Canada.
Henson was forced to run away with his wife and family, settling near Dresden, Ontario. With his leadership skills, he was able to command the support of abolitionists who helped him create the Dawn Settlement. It was Henson’s belief that Blacks needed to learn skills within their own community. Later, his biographyThe Life of Josiah Henson Formerly a Slave Now an Inhabitant of Canada was written and sold to raise funds for the continuation of the Dawn Settlement. Because the connection of Henson with the Uncle Tom figure helped to keep him in the spotlight, he allowed it to continue.

(via Black History Canada – Josiah Henson)

Read more about Josiah Henson:

Josiah Henson and his wife Nancy
This photograph of Josiah Henson and his wife Nancy appears on the Virtual Museum of Canada website.

From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad
See page 21 for an account of Josiah Henson’s escape from enslavement in the US and his founding of a settlement called Dawn in southwestern Ontario. Also examines controversies associated with the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’sUncle Tom’s Cabin. From Google Books.

Josiah Henson – Birth of a Leader
An illustrated feature about Josiah Henson, a farmer and community leader who formerly had been enslaved. From the Parks Canada website.

An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson
Read an online digitized copy of the book An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson. From Google Books.

Josiah Henson
A biography of Josiah Henson, fugitive slave, Methodist preacher, author, and founder of the settlement at Dawn (near Dresden), Canada West. From theDictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

Dawn Settlement Tour
An online tour guide for the Dawn Settlement in Dresden, Ontario. Features information about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, First Baptist Church, and other historic structures. From the website.

A profile of Dresden, Ontario, the location of the British American Institute, established in 1841 by Reverend Josiah Henson. From The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Josiah Henson 
A profile of Josiah Henson, founder of the historic Dawn Township and British-American Institute in Ontario. From The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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