The doctor and the sociologist
Join Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Delia Douglas for a discussion of racism-related issues that impact us all.
Racism is a key determinant of health, undermining physical and mental health and wellbeing. Racism in health care breeds distrust, it also results in unequal access and treatment, leading to fatal consequences for Indigenous, Black and racialized minority peoples. If we want equality, we have to address racism, in all its forms. The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences recognizes the pervasive impact of the history of racial discrimination and systemic racism in the present and is committed to addressing the racial inequities that exist within our learning and work environments to close the profound gaps in professional education and health service delivery.
In 2020, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ Faculty Executive Council approved the Disruption of all forms of racism policy, the first anti-racism policy to be passed by any faculty or post-secondary institution in Canada.
Why an anti-racism policy specifically? Well, if a policy does not take race into account in a meaningful way, then racism can remain “invisible” or can be deemed to be nonexistent and therefore allowed to persist and potentially increase. We must be proactive not reactive.
This policy constitutes a formal recognition of racial harassment, discrimination, vilification, and racism.
It is an affirmation of:
Visit the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences policy page to read the full text.
This is a slide show intended for students, staff, faculty and external parties to provide an introductory understanding of the concepts related to racism and the issues the policy was created to address as well as providing a historical context.
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To create a shared understanding, we have posted a selection of terms taken from the Rady Faculty of Health Science's Disruption of all forms of racism policy. This is not an exhaustive list.
To enhance our knowledge and create a shared understanding of our community the following calendar contains cultural, religious, national, and international Days of Significance. This is a living calendar; some dates will change from year to year according to various religious and/or cultural calendars. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
Black History Month
Fist Full Week in February
February 25-March 3
Women’s History Month (United States)
Sikh Heritage Month
Asian Heritage Month/ Jewish Heritage Month
May 28-June 3
National Indigenous History Month/ Filipino Heritage Month/ Pride Month
Disability Pride Month
Women’s History Month (Canada)/ Islamic History Month
Indigenous Disability Awareness Month
December 26, 2023-January 1, 2024
BRAID Network for Health Education. (n.d.). Days of Indigenous significance. (Internal UM intranet link.)
Deer, K. (2019, November 13). Indigenous people across Canada are rocking their mocs this week. CBC News.
Health Sciences Association. (n.d.). Days of Significance 2023.
PennState. (n.d.). Diversity calendar.
United Nations. List of international days and weeks.
University of Calgary. (n.d.). Religious observance dates.
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Materials to support, educate and inform our community.
Ibrahim A, Kitossa T, Smith, MS, Wright HK (Eds.) 2022. Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, learning, and researching while Black. University of Toronto Press.
Layla F. Saad. (2020). White supremacy and me: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
Maynard R, Simpson LB. 2022. Rehearsals for living. Haymarket Books. n/a
Sunera Thobani (Ed.) (2022). Coloniality and racial (in)justice in the University: Counting for nothing? University of Toronto Press. (Recognized by Canadian Association for Educational Foundations at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 2023 meetings).
Ongomiizwin leads the implementation of the Rady Faculty’s Reconciliation Action Plan, developed in response to the health-related calls to action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The action plan addresses themes such as:
The action plan was developed through a collaborative 18-month process involving University of Manitoba faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. An Elders and Knowledge Keepers advisory circle retreat was held at Turtle Lodge.
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to addressing the varied health disparities and inequities that affect Black communities.
In December 2014, the UN General Assembly, passed Resolution 68/237, proclaiming the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). “The Decade is a unique platform that emphasizes the important contribution made by people of African descent to every society, and promotes concrete measures to stop discrimination and promote their full inclusion.”
In 2016, at the invitation of the Government of Canada, the Working Group of experts on People of African descent visited Canada. Their findings confirmed that across the country people of African descent live in poverty experience poor health and low rates of educational achievement and are over represented in the criminal justice system. These resources are part of the RFHS’s response to the UN Working Group’s Recommendations and the Scarborough Charter to improve Black health through education and research and to address anti-Black racism and the interconnected systems that impact the health and wellbeing of Black communities across Canada.
The pandemics of racism and COVID-19 constitute a meeting-grounds of life and death for Indigenous, Black and racialized people. Racism is a public health crisis - the pandemic is a health crisis - racism is a pandemic.
The Office of Anti-Racism will be hosting a range of activities over the course of the academic year to enhance our racial literacy.
Some of the topics will include: