Say No to Anti-Asiam Racism: A Path Forward
As Canada sees more hate crimes against Asian-Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is each individual’s responsibility to stand up to say no to anti-Asian racism and all forms of racism.
Asian communities and community health and resource centres in Ottawa are coming together to host this series of learning sessions to help people understand what a systemic anti-Asian racism looks like, how it has impacted Asian communities, what we can do to combat all forms of racism and support other racialized communities and to celebrate some amazing everyday Asian Canadian heroes.
Session one: Saturday, June 12 (1:30pm – 2:30pm)
What Does Anti-Asian Systemic Racism Look Like in Canada?
Judge Maryka Omatsu – Co-author of Challenging Racist BC
Dr. Ravi Pendakur – Professor, Faculty of Social Science, University of Ottawa
Aimee Beboso – Chairperson, Migrante Ottawa
Session two: Saturday, June 19 (1:30pm – 2:30pm)
How Has Anti-Asian Racism Impacted Asian Communities?
France Clare Stohner – Mental Health Counselor
Naini Cloutier – Executive Director, Someset West Community Health Centre
Rev. Allan Tan – Assistant Priest, Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd
Session three: Saturday, June 26 (1:30pm – 2:30pm)
How do We Address Anti-Asian Racism?
Nicole Sudiacal – Chairperson, Anakbayan Canada
Lillian Michiko Blakey – Author and Artist
Anne-Marie Pham – Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI)
Session four: Saturday, July 3 (1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Meet Everyday Asian Canadian Heroes
Olivia Chow – Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
Korean Community Association
Patrick Chan – ESL educator
Jinyu Chi – Registered Practical Nurse
More speakers to be announced!
Anakbayan Ottawa, Centretown Community Health Centre, City for All Women Initiative, Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, Korean Community Association of Ottawa, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, Ottawa Japanese Community Association, Somerset West Community Health Centre, Vietnamese Canadian Community of Ottawa
With financial support from:
The Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ)’s Eyes Open is an Anti-Asian Racism PSA created by Melissa Grelo and Elaine Lui – co-hosts of CTV’s The Social. It features a powerful poem written by Chinese Canadian poet, Christopher Tse.