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Systemic Racism
August 26, 2020
In what kind of situation(s) has this taken place? (for example: school, work, accessing healthcare, interacting with law enforcement, social events, or other)
25 responded out of 31 polled
If you experienced or witnessed systemic racism, do you feel like you would know how to respond to it or take action?
46 responded out of 49 polled
What would be helpful to know about or have access to in a situation like this?
43 responded out of 48 polled
Have the following sources provided you with information that has helped you learn about and understand systemic racism? School
43 responded out of 43 polled
How well do you think federal, provincial and municipal levels of governments have responded to the Black Lives Matter movement?
41 responded out of 41 polled
Systemic Racism: What U-Reporters Have to Say
  • How serious of a problem do you think systemic racism is in Canada? Why do you think this?
• Among those who rated the problem as “somewhat serious,” a small number said that while racism is a problem in Canada, it is not as bad as in other countries, and could be worse
• Many respondents said they had experienced the problem firsthand
• Commonly cited examples of systemic racism included the lack of clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, discriminatory hiring practices, Canada’s history of colonialism, and police brutality

What would be helpful to know about or have access to if you experienced or witnessed systemic racism? 
• Who to contact when faced with systemic racism, how to contact them, and assurance that they will listen without judgement and take action
• Your rights in the situation 
• Having someone bear witness to the situation
• Training on how to address the situation as a witness 

What more should the government be doing to respond or take action against racism?
• Focus more on meaningful actions to create long-term change and less on statements 
• Listen to BIPOC people and create more leadership opportunities for BIPOC people
• Put more effort into enforcing anti-racism policies after introducing them
• Defund police forces and redirect funds to community services

In the past few months, many major companies have spoken out against racism in Canada. What is your response when you see these social media posts or statements from brands? What else would you like to see them do?
• It is positive when brands speak out against racism, but less important than real actions like donations to community organizations and demonstrating diversity and inclusion within their own workplace
• Statements against racism that aren’t accompanied by such actions can be meaningless and hypocritical 
• Actions speak louder than words

What do you think the role of young people is in addressing systemic racism in Canada?
• Young people are the drivers of change
• Young people should bridge the gaps between older and younger generations by spreading awareness and educating others
• Young people have a responsibility to speak out against injustice 

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