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What is racism?

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt, sometimes unintentionally. Others include name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or commentary in the media or online that inflames hostility towards certain groups. At its most serious, racism can result in acts of physical abuse and violence. Racism can directly or indirectly exclude people from accessing services or participating in employment, education, sport and social activities. It can also occur at a systemic or institutional level through policies, conditions or practices that disadvantage certain groups. It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice.

What you can do

The following are a list of resources with links that can help you learn about racism, discrimination, your rights, and even offer you tips on what you can do as a community member to contribute to ensuring a climate of respect and inclusion is nurtured in our community.

Anti-Racism Resource Centre

Information to help you understand what racism is as well as how to address it as an individual or a part of a group or institution. Subject areas include: Racism 101, What are my rights? For employers, For educators, Global issues, and Youth issues
http://www.anti-racism.ca/node/25

Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law that gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in specific social areas such as jobs, housing, services, facilities, and contracts or agreements. The Code’s goal is to prevent discrimination and harassment because of race, sex, disability, and age, to name a few of the 17 grounds. All other Ontario laws must agree with the Code.
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en

Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Observatory

The observatory aims to equip policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners with diagnostics for assessing levels of racism and discrimination, and practical tools for promoting harmony and inclusion. The catalogue of articles contains extensive English and French language entries drawn from governments, national and international bodies, local sources, businesses, think tanks, research groups, and the general academic literature. All entries are recent (post 1999) and are relevant to immigrants, visible minorities, racial minorities, and religious minorities. The Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Observatory was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region, and developed by the Welcoming Communities Initiative (now the Ontario node of the Pathways to Prosperity Partnership).
http://p2pcanada.ca/anti-discrimination-and-racism-observatory/

Ensemble …for the respect of diversity

Working with young people to promote respect for differences, in order to foster an environment free of discrimination and bullying. Inspired by the principal of universal human rights, this organization promotes and defends peoples’ inalienable right to freedom, equality and justice. Ensemble’s work aims to raise awareness among youth about their roles and responsibilities in the face of intolerance in their schools and communities. Ensemble also provides students with tools to encourage them to pass from theory to action, placing value on youth engagement and encouraging student-lead initiatives. Their activities incite young people to reflect on and share their opinions.
http://www.ensemble-rd.com/en/learn-about-discrimination/discrimination-in-canada

Harrasment Investigation by HR Proactive Inc.

Whether the issue is a harassment complaint, a threat of violence or another workplace dispute, prompt, fair and thorough harassment in the workplace investigations are essential to your ability to make sound employment decisions and minimize legal risks. This website will provide you with practical guidance and access to experienced investigators that can help you deal with harassment at work and conduct effective workplace investigations.
http://www.harassmentinvestigation.ca/

People Power

An interactive and flexible learning tool for teaching diversity and cultural inclusiveness skills. Young people, and those who work with them, wrote The Power Trilogy. It offers youth the opportunity and support needed to develop a wide array of skills for turning ideas into actions.
People Power is a process whereby youth develop the skills for appreciating diversity and being an active part in creating an inclusive society.
http://www.nsms.ca/Downloads/People_Power_booklet.pdf

Racist Bullying in School

What can parents do to protect their child’s self-esteem and end racist bullying in school? The tips below offer some guidance. 
http://racerelations.about.com/od/raceconsciousparenting/a/RacistBullyinginSchool.htm

Respect Group Inc.

Respect Group was incorporated to empower people to recognize and prevent abuse, bullying and harassment through interactive, online certification. Respect Group has enlisted internationally acclaimed curriculum partner, the Canadian Red Cross (RespectED), and created a best-in-class e-learning platform, designed for mass consumption. Expert content and a professional on-line certification model round out Respect Group’s fully outsourced risk management/behavior change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace.
http://respectgroupinc.com/respect-group-programs/

Being aware of, and understanding White Privilege

White privilege is the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements benefits and choices bestowed on people solely because they are white. Generally white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.
http://www.nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf