Apr 4 2019 – Kevin Yaworski – Concerned Citizen
Racism is an issue many people in Canada face and much has been done to try and address this. Much more is needed and we all need to do our part.
There also needs to be a balance when creating legislation and policies to protect against racism and hate speech. We must also protect the important values and civil rights including freedom of speech and press that have helped make Canada the great place it is.
One type of racism that is not often talked about is against refugees and immigrants by aboriginals.
I was talking to a friend who came to Canada as a refugee from Central America with his family fleeing persection and threats to their lives for speaking out against authoritarianism around the 80’s and a cab driver who came to Canada from Eritrea (bordering Ethiopia) after being sponsored by relatives. With out prompting and during conversations I learned that both faced racism from aboriginals more than white people and some times this became violent.
Almost all the cab drivers, convenience store workers or owners I have met are immigrants. Yet there is a high number of aboriginals in my community and in Canada seeking employment. Is this because these jobs are not suitable? Is it because many refugees received loans to help get them settled yet many aboriginal communities suffered / suffer without basic services that many Canadians take for granted?
I know that many aboriginal people grew up without the same opportunities that the average Canadian grew up with. Many sent to residential schools, separated from family and many of these abused physically, mentally or sexually. This has created several generations that struggle from the impacts. Many not taught or unable to continue the lifestyle their parents or ancestors had led. This lifestyle was sustainable for tens of thousands of years until European colonization.
Is it understandable that they treat refugees and immigrants this way?
I was fortunate to grow up with some privilege and I have tried to give back to my community with volunteering to coach youth hockey, soccer and to mentor disadvantaged youths. I also donate an above average amount to respected charities in my community. I am active with public advocacy and as a proud Citizen.
I am not trying to brag, judge or put blaim just inform or remind others about the important facts many appear to have forgotten, were never taught or are choosing to ignore. Yes we want to enforce our laws, take proper care of our vets, elderly, northern communities and other Canadians in need. We need to properly vet refugees and immigrants to make sure they are not criminals from other countries but we should not assume they are all criminals or not ones that will contribute to our country and society.
Our former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been a strong supporter of reconciliation and righting some of the wrongs we have committed as a country. She has also spoken out against corruption and political interference in Crown Prosecutions.
It is very concerning that so many elected officials in the Liberal caucus have ignored the wrong doing that has been exposed and supporting their leader when the majority of Canadian have lost faith in them.
There is other public officials and community leaders that are working hard to improve this situation. There is much more that needs to be done in government, other public bodies and by all people in Canada including aboriginals.
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June 29, 2017
By Maham Abedi – Global News
This is in Austrailia but similar concerns in Canada with legislation to protects against racism and hate speech going to far and restricting freedom of speech.
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