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From frontline health care workers to those in our communities who are speaking out – and calling out – racism in Canada in all its forms, we have many allies.

Our experiences during COVID-19, as Chinese and Asian Canadians, and Indigenous peoples, coincide with the global Black Lives Matter protests against anti-Black racism in law enforcement and other forms of systemic racism, stemming from the aftermath of the murder of Black American George Floyd.

Global solidarity for racial justice and equity for all brings hope to those on the frontlines changing our society to become truly more inclusive.

Share your Canadian experience in the fight against anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

CCNC-SJ founder mobilizes community to procure masks

Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, founder of Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, mobilized volunteers and sponsors for a $2 million campaign to purchase personal protective equipment for frontline health care workers in the Greater Toronto Area. “Countries including the US are turning to global suppliers for PPE, and prices will skyrocket by the

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Chinese Canadians donate medical supplies to hospitals amid shortages

Dr. Patrick Wu, a Vancouver dentist, collected medical supplies and personal protective equipment from other dental professionals in late March, 2020, after their own practices were shut down due to COVID-19. He redistributed essential face masks, gloves, shoe covers and gowns to the city’s physicians and nurses who were in desperate need as the virus

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Rights commissions issue policy guidance on COVID-19

Human rights commissions across Canada have responded to concerns of bias and discrimination in the management of public health measures taken to combat COVID-19. Ontario’s commission has identified “East Asians and other racialized communities” as part of a vulnerable sector of Canadians who are potentially adversely affected by public response to the pandemic (see OHRC’s

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Dr. Theresa Tam diagnoses racialized discrimination

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, took to Twitter on January 29, 2020, to help stop the spread of racial discrimination against Chinese and Asian Canadians who had been targeted and blamed for coronavirus, after it was first discovered in Wuhan, China. “I am concerned about the growing number of reports of

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School board responds to petition, cautions about bias

In January, 2020, before Canada initiated public health measures in response to COVID-19 being declared a pandemic, York District School Board responded to some 8,000 parents who requested sanctions be placed on anyone who had recently traveled to China. The Ontario Human Rights Commission issued a statement on January 28, as a cautionary note about

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