“As part of their regular public briefings about COVID-19, political leaders should also report the number of incidents of anti-Asian racism and hate. Rallying public
This story is still being written and it challenges Canada’s history of inclusion with a true narrative of our lived experiences – not just national myths – as all Canadians confront a racist past and present.
And it’s not just us. Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour have similar stories to tell, though our circumstances and outcomes are vastly different. Systemic racism still exists and is ingrained into Canadian society.
The federal government has created the Anti-Racism Strategy 2019-’22 and directorate which work on a vision “where all Canadians benefit from equitable access to and participation in the economic, cultural, social and political spheres.” This key policy paper specifically targets anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and anti-Semitic racism – but notably leaves out anti-Asian racism, which has resurfaced in Canada with COVID-19.
Our history of resilience, through the generations of our families who first settled here, defines our collective experience – and our identity in Canada. This is what being Canadian means to us.
Chinese Canadians across the country mobilized against being unfairly misrepresented in the W5 program – giving rise to a new generation of community activists who