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Intersectional Voices

Intersectionality is an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. The term was conceptualized and coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989.

History of Healthcare practices in Black Communities

  • History of Health Care in Canada
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Mathieu de Coste was the first Black man on record to arrive in Canada in 1608 (Randstad, 2021).

Mathieu was very privileged in that he had great language skills and the Europeans favored him but that wasn’t the case for many blacks that came after him (Randstad, 2021).

Many blacks that escaped slavery in America still came to Canada and were enslaved.

Throughout the First World War, Black groups and individuals also worked to manufacture essential goods at home, volunteered as labourers and in hospitals, and helped raise funds. Due to their willingness to support the country, Black women were often assigned the most dangerous tasks: working with explosives in ammunition factories (Randstad, 2021).

In the early 20th century black men were seen as a source of cheap and abundant labour. These porters did work that was often demeaning, under poor conditions (Randstad, 2021).

This led to improvements in the working conditions on the Canadian railway, with Canadian Pacific Rail agreeing to increase wages and offer more time off. The powerful actions of Black porters reflected the struggle of all Black workers in Canada, which began a movement for change (Randstad, 2021).

Canadian lawmakers then began to consider a federal law to create equal opportunities by prohibiting discrimination (Canadian Encyclopedia).

Ontario was the first to pass this law (Canada’s human rights law).

Led to many other policies such as the Canada Fair Employment Practices Act

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  • Halifax
  • Calgary

Toronto – Education Level Obtained

The portion of black men and women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Toronto was almost half that of the counterpart population.

Source: StatsCanada

Vancouver– Education Level Obtained

The portion of black men and women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Toronto was almost half that of the counterpart population.

Source: StatsCanada

Halifax– Education Level Obtained

The portion of black men and women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Toronto was almost half that of the counterpart population.

Source: StatsCanada

Calgary – Education Level Obtained

The portion of black men and women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in Toronto was almost half that of the counterpart population.

Source: StatsCanada

Educational Resources

The New Jim Crow

By: Michelle Alexander

To better understand the school to prison pipeline and the relationship between our school system and criminal justice system, Alexander’s work is essential reading. You will come away from this book with a clear picture of how systems of oppression toward people of color, and particularly Black Americans, were created and sustained. Before we can change the system, we must first understand where we are and how we got there, this book will help with that.

Available on: Amazon

The Power of the Black Experience in the Classroom

Keith Mayes | TEDxMinneapolis

Keith Mayes makes a compelling case for how the black experience in the classroom could have remarkable impact. Dr. Keith Mayes is an Associate Professor of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota and the College of Liberal Arts’ Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teacher. Holding a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, his professional interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement; education policy and history; black holiday traditions; and racial equity and critical ethnic studies pedagogy. Dr. Mayes authored the book.

Available on: Youtube

So You Want To Talk About Race

By: Ijeoma Oluo

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy — from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans — has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair — and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Available on: Amazon

I can’t breathe: feeling suffocated by the polite racism in Canada’s graduate schools

By: Karine Coen- Sanchez

By openly sharing our experiences, BIPOC students are growing a space for collaboratively addressing racism in all our spheres of influence – starting from within our departments and disciplines. Those who are dedicated to anti-racist work must continue to listen and to work collaboratively to deconstruct the social structures of whiteness and white supremacy that normalize the suffering of racialized people. Ideally, we must challenge and unscramble anti-racism to reinforce policies and structures in our universities, in our teaching, and in our research, in order to promote the need for systemic change. I no longer want to be the subject of racism; I want to be a bridge that connects two different worlds and two different realities to one common thread of social being.

Black Scholarships, Grants and Awards

NameApplications DeadlineRegionValue
Community Unit Alliance: Director of Black Scholarships Awards10/20/2022Canada$-
Onyx Intiative08/20/2022ON,BC,NS$-
CVCA08/19/2022ON$-
Black Canadian Scholarship Fund01/03/2022BC$x-y
Jamaican Canadian Association Scholarship Program12/01/2022Canada$500
The BBPA Legacy Scholarships11/28/2021Canada$-
Blanche Macdonald's One Million Dollar Scholarships For Black Canadians11/25/2021NS$-

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