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Residential school tragedies are not news for Indigenous people

Residential school tragedies are not news for Indigenous people

Recently, non-Indigenous Canadians learned hard truths about our colonial history. Truths about the genocide of Indigenous people and their culture through Canada’s residential schools. We must recognize that our feelings do not compare with those of Indigenous peoples. We need to listen and engage true empathy. These weeks have amplified feelings and emotions from the …

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Black Lives Matter: Are we making progress in the fight against anti-Black racism?

Last summer, after the murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter rallies were held. People from across Simcoe County attended, supporting the Black community. A year later, I’m reflecting on where we are now. Have we made significant shifts in dismantling systemic anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in our communities? Perspectives on how much has changed …

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Building inclusion through awareness and advocacy

I’m known for my better together philosophy – building collaborations and partnerships to create social change. This approach has connected me with many like-minded people, including Julie Kumar, a local advocate for diversity and inclusion. Kumar moved to Barrie from India to attend Georgian College in 2006, moved to Toronto, and then relocated to work …

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To build inclusion and end exclusion we must speak up Mandana Iraji for Michele Newton 1 April 2021

To build inclusion and end exclusion, we must speak up

Listening with true empathy to people’s stories, triumphs and struggles, can change us. We learn that people’s experiences actually are very different from our own. We learn that being different and unique is a strength. We begin to reflect on what we can do differently to make our community more inclusive. Through my work, I …

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