OTTAWA, October 15, 2020
Strengthening diversity and inclusion is fundamental to encouraging and promoting a more inclusive society, where everyone is able to participate fully. Racism and all forms of discrimination are one the main causes of social and economic barriers for many Canadians. While progress has been made, much more remains to be done to address the systemic issues that are instilled in institutions across the country.
Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, announced the Government of Canada is providing $15 million for 85 anti-racism projects across the country, which will address barriers to employment, justice, and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities.
The 85 projects funded through the new Anti-Racism Action Program will help:
- fund organizations working to combat all forms of systemic racism and discrimination, including anti-Black racism;
- fund community organizations confronting racism and discrimination, promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, and promote opportunities to participate fully in Canadian society;
- strengthen research and evidence to build understanding of the disparities and challenges faced by racialized communities, religious minorities, and Indigenous Peoples.
Examples of these projects include:
- The Diversity Employment Network (DEN), developed by the Black Business Initiative in Nova Scotia, to address barriers to employment for the African-Nova Scotian community.
- The Community mobilization against racial profiling in metropolitan Montreal, led by the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations, to address racial profiling.
- Containing and Countering Canadian Hate Groups, run by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, which will increase the monitoring of extreme-right groups, report on their activities, and file complaints with law enforcement.
- Addressing Barriers to Enhance Access to Employment, Leadership Training, Support, Resources and Justice for Indigenous Young Women and Teenage Girls – This project, run by the Justice for Girls Outreach Society in Vancouver, will create opportunities for systemic changes that will improve the outcomes of Indigenous women and girls.
The Anti-Racism Action Program is yet another important step that we are taking to address systemic racism by providing funding to support local, regional, and national initiatives and outcomes-based activities. The Government of Canada will continue implementing the Anti-Racism Strategy as we build a stronger and more consciously inclusive society.