A Decolonized Citizenship Ceremony is a Step Towards Reconciliation

While Canada is taking steps to sharing knowledge of Indigenous history with newcomers, including through an updated citizenship oath, critics say more needs to be done to meaningfully involve them in reconciliation efforts.

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National Aboriginal Day Reminds Canadians of Need for Reconciliation

National Aboriginal Day celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 21. The nation-wide day of celebration is culturally significant as a time when Aboriginal groups celebrate their heritage as well as the summer solstice. “For Canadians, National…

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Big-Ticket Budget Items Welcome After Past Inaction

The much-anticipated first federal budget from the new Liberal government was unveiled on March 22. To describe the general reactions, they would be “Wow,” “Oh,” and maybe even, “Oh no.”  I was all “Yay!” and…

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Racial Profiling: New Ways to Address Old Issues

Policy makers, journalists, professors and lawyers are putting their best ideas forward to find the right solution to tackle the problem of racial profiling in Ontario. “We hear the term a lot,” says Renu Mandhane,…

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Reconciliation for Aboriginal Peoples Should Matter to New Canadians

“I wanted to be white so bad, and the worst thing I ever did was I was ashamed of my mother, that honourable woman, because she couldn’t speak English,” said Agnes Mills, a former student…

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New Canadians need to identify with First Nations

This being the season of remembrances, a community dialogue was launched in Toronto to promote broader public respect for the human rights of Indigenous peoples and peoples of colour in Canada. “We need to do…

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Our Homegrown Pigmentocracy

A couple of years ago, I was interviewed by student Nayani Thiyagarajah at Ryerson University for a video documentary entitled Shadeism. I spoke about shadeism in a Caribbean context, and used the term “pigmentocracy”.   The…

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