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| March 3, 2015

Guest in a stolen house: On immigration, colonialism and Canada

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I am a guest in a stolen house. I can sympathize with the victims, because a long time ago, my house was the scene of a crime as well.

Indigenous people in North America (and for that matter, Oceania) have suffered an unprecedented amount of discrimination, violence, silencing and long-reaching emotional and psychological damage. This violence has continually been denied by the white majority and protest has been stifled by governments and civilians alike.

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February 13, 2015 |
A student shouldn't have to wait for a specific day or month to celebrate and find empowerment in the freedom to be who they are.

Celebrating the victories and struggles of Black workers in Canada

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This February, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC), alongside the Canadian labour movement, marks Black History Month.

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Marking the victories and struggles of Black workers in Canada

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The Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC), alongside the Canadian labour movement, celebrates February 2015 as Black History Month.

Black History Month began in the United States as "Negro History Week" in February 1926 through the work of African-American scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. 

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February 4, 2015 |
This year, Black History Month comes at a critical moment for human rights and equality in North America.

You have no idea what Martin Luther King did. True or False?

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This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.  

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Discussing shadeism with Nayani Thiyagarajah

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Jeannine M. Pitas recently sat down with 'Shadeism' director Nayani Thiyagarajah to why discrimination based on skin tone is so harmful.

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Resisting shadeism: An interview with Nayani Thiyagarajah

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In spring 2010, a group of Ryerson University students made a short documentary, Shadeism, for a class project. Within weeks of sharing online, it received thousands of views and hundreds of responses.

The film discusses shadeism -- discrimination based on skin tone within a given community. Bringing together diasporic women from Toronto's South Asian, African, Caribbean and South American communities, it provides insight into a discrimination that exists throughout the world but goes largely unreported. Now, director Nayani Thiyagarajah and her colleagues are in post-production for a feature length documentary, Shadeism: Digging Deeper, intended for release in 2015.

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