November 28: Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice Change-Making Conversation

October 30, 2017

Information from Chinese & South Asian Legal Clinic: A community forum to bring together First Peoples and peoples of colour to share their respective visions, strategies and priorities on: 

  • ensuring a more inclusive, equitable, and racially just environment across Ontario;
  • where fair and equitable life chances, opportunities and outcomes exist for all Ontarians;
  • building an Ontario that acknowledges, understands and appreciates the nature of Treaty relationship;
  • is committed to building a Treaty-based, nation-to-nation, government-to-government Indigenous-settler relationship going forward.

Featuring speakers:

  • Kim Murray, Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Indigenous Justice Division, Ministry of Attorney General (former Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission)
  • Councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21 St. Paul's, City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Advocate and Newcomer Advocate
  • Shalini Konanur, Executive Director – South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
  • Avvy Go, Clinic Director – Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

(Speakers list will be updated as more confirmations are received)

Moderated by Debbie Douglas, Executive Director,  – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

  • As of the 2016 Census - 4.9% of Canada’s population is now Indigenous, and 22.3% are now peoples of colour - together making up 27.2% of Canadians.
  • In Ontario - First Peoples make up 1.8% of the province, and peoples of colour are 29.3% of Ontarians. Together they account for almost a full 1/3 of the population of Ontario at 31.1%.
  • As Canada and Ontario commemorate their 150th anniversaries, it is important that these ever more numerous voices not be left behind, particularly as these historically marginalized communities and equity-seeking groups continue to find themselves consistently clustered at the wrong end of most social, health or economic indicators.
  • Working to deepen and broaden shared understanding and a healthy relationship between and across First Peoples and peoples of colour in the province is fundamental to the work of racial justice change-making in Ontario and Canada.
  • Communities of colour need to know, support and commit themselves to help realize the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Event Information:

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

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