Justice and Security
The Justice System is meant to keep Canadians and residents within Canada safe and secure. However, racism within the system of justice and security is what motivated this global movement. Within the justice system, there are multiple examples of systemic, institutional and individual racism that have occured and continue to occur every day. From police presence in select school, to the unresolved murders of thousands of Indigenous Women and Girls, to racial profiling that has resulted in disproportionate number of racialized persons incarcerated.
This session will discuss what racialized youth within the criminal justice system have experienced and how safety within Mosques is jeopardized because of racism. Each speaker will share their insights and thoughts, while bringing it back to the importance of why being Anti-Racist is important to the betterment of our society.
In the sections below we have provided additional resources to support our live event and to increase the capacity of youth to engage in Anti-Racism conversations . If you would like to continue discussing the themes for this unit, we invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support.
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ANTI-RACISM AMBASSADOR FEATURE
#ENDSARS by Maame Efua De-Heer
The discussion on #ENDSARS is of particular importance as it is an example of one of the main issues within racism, police brutality. #ENDSARS was created as a social media campaign to demand the elimination of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Nigeria, who continue to cause harm to Nigerian youth. Although this incidence occurred in Nigeria, countries such as Canada and United States are not an exception. Police brutality has been occurring for many years, with innocent victims lost at the hand of multiple police officers.
Being aware of global occurrences of racism helps us understand our own countries downfalls so we may question our own incidents with police brutality.
Lesson plans and easy to follow discussion guides to provide further instruction on what anti-racism is, and racism in multiple aspects of life.
Youth challenges can be done on an individual basis and will help youth participants use the knowledge they have gained through the speakers presentations to become ambassadors for anti-racism in their communities.
Propose implementing elements of restorative justice in your school or classroom, using the template provided.
Take a photo or screenshot of your letter and share it in our Facebook Group, or publicly. If you post publicly, don’t forget to tag us @ExperiencesCanada and use the hashtag #antiracismconversations so we can share!
A key objective for this series is to amplify the message and voices of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Activists in Canada and raise greater awareness for the work of these organizations.
Continue the Conversation
Join us next week as we continue the conversation with the next webinar in our series – Economic Opportunity:
We also invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support.