The Importance of Understanding Anti-Black Racism in Canada

Presented by Lorne Foster

The reality of the Black experience in Canada has been thrust into sobering light by recent, dramatic and violent acts of anti-Black racism in the United States that have sparked global protest. The long journey toward a racial reckoning has inspired deep reflection across Canadian society about anti-Black racism, revealing a thirst to transform protest into policy and improve social outcomes. The employment sector is the most important, and the most intransigent, to progressive organizational change.  Professor Lorne Foster provides insight into how it is even more imperative today for employers and unions to begin to meet their responsibility to root out systemic anti-Black racism in the workplace.

Lorne Foster is Professor, Public Policy and Human Rights. He is the Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), which is a leading university-based survey research centre in Canada. He is past Academic Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC); and the inaugural Faculty Chair, Race Inclusion and Supportive Environments (RISE). His books include Turnstile Immigration: Multiculturalism, Social Order and Social Justice in Canada (1998); Intercultural Relations (2002); Enhancing the Role of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (2010) Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media (2011); Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims in a Diverse Society (2012); and Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada: The New Legal Landscape (2018). His current research focus is on human rights and public policy linkages in as they relate to the area of race and ethnicity.

When:  Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm via  Zoom

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