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Newfoundland and the Myth of Land Discovery

Newfoundland has a new tourism campaign on.

It ain't pretty.

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Text of ad: Discovery is a fearless pursuit. Certainly, this was the case when the Vikings, the first Europeans to reach the new world, landed at L’Anse aux Meadows. While it may only be a three-hour flight for you, it was a considerably longer journey a thousand years ago. But it’s a place where mystery still mingles with the light and washes over the strange, captivating landscape. A place where all sorts of discoveries still happen every day. Some, as small as North America. Others, as big as a piece of yourself.

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CRRF National Symposium: Montreal: May 17-19 2010: Unlearning and Addressing Bias in Society

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You are cordially invited to attend the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's (CRRF) biannual National Symposium and 2010 Award of Excellence, which will take place on May 17-19 in Montreal.

Unlearning and Addressing Bias in Society

Attended by Canada's foremost experts in anti-racism and anti-discrimination, this three-day symposium offers a unique opportunity for key policymakers, community groups, researchers and activists to engage in a lively discussion on issues which are hot and high on the national agenda:

♦ Canada's Demographic Shift
♦ Policing and Human Rights
♦ International Qualifications
♦ Racial and Social Profiling
♦ The Color of Poverty
♦ Equity in Education

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Confronting Racism Raises Self-Esteem

 

Interesting, not surprising, but really helpful information here.

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How people choose to cope with personal experiences of racism influences the distress caused by the encounter, says a new study of Filipino Americans. The study finds that denying or ignoring racial discrimination leads to greater psychological distress, including anxiety and depression, and lowers self-esteem.

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'Canadian' Values vs. the Niqab

Dear Canadians,

I'm tired of having you decide what my values should be, and what that should look like, especially when those values embody protectionism, racism, and the devaluing of people of colour. 

What does that mean exactly, anyways? What is a Canadian value? Who decides what that looks like? I can tell you this much, I don't identify as a Canadian, and I am surely not proud to call myself one. Do you know why? Because we Canadians are hypocrites. 

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Immigration and Indigenous solidarity and how they intersect

Recently, I helped out at a No One Is Illegal event that was held last weekend in Toronto.  There was an amazing line-up of speakers, and one in particular really clarified some things for me around the issues of immigration and Indigenous rights.

I've occasionally wondered whether there is a disconnect between advocating open immigration, and also advocating Indigenous rights in Canada, in particular, land claims.  It seems to be contradictory: colonizers from outside Canada stole land from the First Peoples here, and are now treating them like unwanted guests on their own territories.  The first invaders could be considered "immigrants" - so how is it that immigration wasn't okay then, but it is okay now?

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Work For All: Mobile-izing Anti-Racism: March 23: NFB Toronto

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WORK FOR ALL: Mobile-izing Anti-Racism
Tuesday March 23rd at 7pm

150 John St, at Richmond St W, near Osgoode subway station, Toronto

FREE

This month, the National Film Board of Canada releases free films over the course of ten weeks through its online film project, Work for All, which tackles the issue of racial discrimination in the workplace. Join us at the NFB Mediatheque for a big-screen presentation and sneak preview of some of the films to be released over the coming weeks, and an inspiring panel discussion on digital media and the use of mobile communication to address racism.

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