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. Racism can result in acts of physical abuse and violence. It manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice.

Racism can 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.

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What you can do

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

Anti-Racism Resource Centre

The Anti-Racism Resources Centre has information to help you understand what racism, global issues, and how to address racism as an individual or a part of a group or institution.

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, age, and more. All other Ontario laws must agree with the Code.

Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Observatory

The Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Observatory aims to equip policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners with diagnostics for assessing levels of racism and discrimination. They also have 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 and are relevant to immigrants, visible minorities, racial minorities, and religious minorities.

Ensemble for the respect of diversity

Learn about Discrimination in Canada through Ensemble, which works 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.

Harassment Investigation by HR Proactive Inc.

HR Proactive Inc. 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. 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.

Racist bullying in school

Learn what you can do when a child experiences racial bullying in school from ThoughtCo. These tips can offer some guidance.

Respect Group Inc.

Respect Group Inc. empowers 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). They've created a best-in-class e-learning platform. Expert content and a professional on-line certification model round out Respect Group's fully outsourced risk management and behaviour change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace.

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