Resistance and resurgence -- confronting anti-Black racism in Canada

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Feminists Deliver is a grassroots collaboration of B.C.-based Two-Spirit people, non-binary folks, Indigiqueer, trans women, lesbian women, and cis women and girls, and the organizations that support them.

Today, we are replaying a webinar held on June 8, 2020, produced by Feminists Deliver, called "Resistance and Resurgence – Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada."

In its description of the discussion, Feminists Deliver says:

"As we witness many people in the U.S. protest police violence that claimed George Floyd's life, we need to also interrogate our own history of violence against Black people here in Canada. After all, how different are we from the U.S. when the Canadian police killed 17 Black people in the past seven years alone? People in Canada forget that white supremacy has thrived and existed in this country long before the country has even formed, which affects the lives of Black people who live here today. It's time to turn inwards, and shed a light on anti-Blackness in Canada."

This is a conversation with the following people:

• Angela Marie MacDougall (she/her) - moderator
• Yvonne Brown (she/her)
• Cicely Blain (they/them)
• Denise Goldberg (she/her)
• June Francis (she/her)
• Junie Désil (she/her)
• Natasha Tony (she/her)

and introductory remarks by Rhiannon Bennett, decolonialization consultant for Feminists Deliver.

Program summary:

  1. Introduction and land acknowledgement by the moderator.

  2. Rhiannon Bennett, decolonization consultant for Feminists Deliver -- connection between anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.

  3. Moderator talks about the roots of Feminist Deliver -- sets the context for the conversation -- introduces the panelists.

  4. Panelists share their insights about what they're noticing about this vital time of engagement on anti-Black racism.

  5. Differences in experience being Black in Canada and the U.S. -- ways that anti-Black racism manifests itself in both countries.

  6. What should Canadians be teaching themselves about the enslavement of Black people around the world and here in Canada?

  7. "We can’t talk about anti-Black racism without talking about white supremacy."

  8. The role of religion and the imposition of a gender binary -- unpacking gender within white supremacy and anti-Black racism.

  9. Anti-Black racism and its effects on motherhood.

  10. Institutionalized racism in all levels of society -- how does it manifest and how do Black people advance their liberation within those structures?

  11. Role of Black Lives Matter, relationship to policing and Black subjugation.

  12. Performative vs. transformative -- what does the current manifestation of support for Black liberation mean?

  13. Systemic racism and resistance to change in institutions.

  14. Role of Black poets and writers.

  15. Goodbyes.

Thank you to Feminists Deliver for permission to podcast this discussion. You can see other presentations on YouTube.

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