#FaceRace is an open challenge to all Canadians to confront racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With leadership from the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ), #FaceRace is a collaborative grassroots anti-racism campaign created by partner organizations in the Chinese Canadian community in response to widespread fear and panic, resulting from the novel COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
#FaceRace occurs simultaneously with the global fight for Black liberation
helmed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and stands in solidarity for
dismantling white supremacist structures that subjugate all racialized peoples.
CCNC-SJ believes that as part of being allies, we must commit to the lifelong
work of learning and unlearning, including recognizing the ways we have
benefitted from anti-Black racism, and to call out anti-Black racism among our
own communities, families, and friends.
Most Canadians responded to the world public health crisis through quickly adapting to prevention and containment measures – including frequent hand washing, social distancing, self-isolation, and wearing face masks and other protective gear – under the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and provincial and municipal health authorities.
However, some Canadians reacted to the outbreak and discovery of initial cases in Wuhan, China, by spreading disinformation, threatening, blaming and targeting Chinese Canadians, other Asian Canadians, and Indigenous Peoples, with racially based micro-aggressions, escalating to hate incidents and violence.
The Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ) reached out to partners Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic in Toronto, Vancouver-based Civic Engagement Network (CEN) and Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) to co-ordinate community response to racism in Canada.
The #FaceRace Campaign builds knowledge and awareness about anti-Chinese and Asian racism in Canada prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also aims to empower victims [Link to Section—#FaceRace—Toolkit web page] of racism to identify and fight racism, while promoting community resilience. #FaceRace is funded by The Government of Canada.
CCNC-SJ acknowledges that we operate upon the traditional territories of many
Indigenous nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the
Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and we recognize the
special nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada.
We work in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and are committed to working
towards the full implementation of the Calls to Action by Truth and Reconciliation
Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous