Join the conversation: Anti-racism engagement

Current status: Closed

This engagement on anti-racism is now closed. Thank you for lending your voice, views and experiences. Your input is essential to ensure our work to address racism reflects your experiences and your suggestions.

Engagement Summary

From October 2018 to March 2019, engagement sessions were held across the country to gather input from Canadians, especially those with lived experiences of racism and discrimination, in order to help inform the development of a new federal anti-racism strategy. The engagement process consisted of 22 in-person forums that welcomed approximately 600 people and 443 organizations. Sessions were held in partnership with community groups and Indigenous Peoples including the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples. Equally, all Canadians were invited to participate through an online poll and survey.

In order to hear from as many Canadians as possible on racism and discrimination, we created an anonymous digital public engagement platform. The conversation was focused on issues where racism and discrimination most directly touch people's lives, as well as those policy areas that most closely overlap with the Government of Canada's jurisdiction. 

Key themes that guided discussion included:

Hearing from those who have had direct experience with racism and discrimination, and could offer intersectional perspectives was of particular interest.  
Participants were asked to:

In-person sessions were also held with community members, leaders, experts (particularly those with lived experience), academics, and stakeholders across Canada. These meetings were not open to the public in order to ensure that participants were able to have focused, meaningful and safe conversations on subjects that, for many, include reflecting on harmful experiences.

What we heard

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Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Anti-Racism Engagement
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC J8X 4B3
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET).

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