SOLD OUT: The Effects of COVID-19 on Visible Minority Groups in Canada

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  • October 5, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Event Details

UPDATE: Thank you so much for your interest in our event! Unfortunately, our registration is already full at this point. However, we will live stream on our Facebook page at @Centreforraceandculture, and we will also have a recording of the session, which we are happy to share with you after the event – please contact us if you would like to receive a link to the recording. We hope you will be able to tune in!

Date: Monday, October 5th, 2020// 2:00-3:30 pm (MT)

Registration Deadline: October 5th, 12:00 pm

Racism is a reality in Canada, and recent demonstrations across the country raise the importance of addressing racial inequalities that affect the lives of Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

In this session, we will investigate issues that have been affecting the lives of community groups in Canada. Join our online round-table even where we will be in conversation with guest speakers Lynn Barr-Telford, Assistant Chief Statistician of the Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field at Statistics Canada and Cheryl Whiskeyjack, the Director of Bent Arrow Healing Society. This conversation will investigate the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on different ethnocultural communities in Canada. The following topics will be discussed:

  • High poverty rates pre-COVID-19 among most visible minority groups made them vulnerable to the financial impact of the economic shutdown.
  • Among those employed prior to the shutdown, white people and most visible minority groups reported similar rates of job loss or reduced work hours; however, the rates were higher among Filipinos and West Asians.
  • The pandemic generally had a stronger impact on visible minority participants’ ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs than white participants. This held true even when differences in job loss, immigrant status, education and other sociodemographic characteristics were accounted for.

*Registrants will receive the meeting’s link and details a few hours prior to the session. The link will be sent via email, so make sure to check your junk folders, etc. on the day of the session.

This is the seventh session of our new initiative “Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversations,” which is an ongoing series of online moderated round-tables with guest speakers from diverse communities, organizations, academia and the general public, that seeks to understand and address experiences of discrimination and exclusion in the Canadian context. By shining the spotlight on different forms of discrimination, such as anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and discrimination against Asian Communities among other topics, we hope to encourage solidarity among groups and individuals interested in promoting social inclusion and equity.

Each conversation focuses on a major theme with respect to the lived experiences and realities of specific communities. We aim to highlight the very specific challenges of different communities, explore the overarching issues, and discuss strategies for education, intervention and ally-ship.

Through engagement with guest speakers, we are hoping to create a space of learning where we practice compassion, active listening, respect and humility.