The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the racial inequities that millions of racialized Canadians have always faced. Furthermore, the global protest around anti-Black racism in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, the rampant anti-Asian sentiment and violence, and the recent discovery of thousands of unmarked graves at residential schools has forced Canadians to take stock of how far we need to go to become an anti-racist society.
To examine racism and debate solutions in this unique moment in history, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) will jointly host the 2nd Annual Racial Justice Summit. This two-day virtual conference will feature experts and social justice activists from across Ontario to discuss the urgent issues facing racialized Canadians in the areas of education, media, law enforcement, government, health care, and employment. Each of the sessions will be followed by one-hour breakout sessions where participants will dive deeper into each of the session topics.
Speakers will include respected community advocates including:
- Charline Grant, Parents of Black Children
- Dr. Fatima Jackson-Best, Black Health Alliance
- Jaclyn Wong, Chinese Canadian National Council- Toronto Chapter
Moderators include prominent journalists including:
- Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail
- Denise Balkissoon, The Narwhal
- Shallima Maharaj, Global News
The 2nd Annual Racial Justice Summit aims to bring thought leaders together to scale up efforts to address the impacts of racial discrimination and share solutions to eradicate and prevent racism in Canadian society.
The Summit is expected to attract hundreds of participants from the worlds of academia, civil society, and activism from across the Greater Toronto Area and the rest of Ontario.