Ontario forum to build strong racial justice agenda

Racialization of poverty in Canada is deeply entrenched, according to Colour of Poverty Colour of Change (COPC), which is hosting its third provincial forum on the topic. Called Racial Justice: Lead the Change, May 22-23, 2018, at the University of Toronto faculty of law, 78 Queen’s Park, the forum involves participants from across Ontario representing various sectors: ethno-racial advocacy groups, immigrant settlement and social services, academics and anti-poverty groups.

“While poverty can be a concern for anyone — its causes, forms and lived consequences are not the same for all. That’s why we need target measures that will address poverty and racial disparities in Ontario,” says Debbie Douglas, executive director, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, also a founding member of COPC.

The speakers at the forum include: professor Beverly Jacobs from the faculty of law, University of Windsor, Shalini, Konanur, executive director, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, David Lepofsky, chair of AODA Alliance, Deena Ladd, co-ordinator, Workers Action Centre,  Sylvia Maracle, executive director, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, Logan McIntosh, campaigns director, Leadnow, Senator Kim Pate, and Angela Robertson, executive director, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre.

“Out of this provincial forum, we hope to develop strategies and actions to continue to build a strong racial justice agenda over the next five years, regardless of which party forms the next government in this province,” says Avvy Go, clinic director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, another COPC founding member.