Anti-Racism Committee

The Anti-Racism Committee aims to effect meaningful system change through the development of a strategic action plan that addresses anti-racism across all levels of the HSJCC Network.

Objectives of the Advisory Committee

  • Identify common challenges and issues relating to anti-racism and decolonization within the human services and justice systems.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions and actions to address anti-racism and decolonization across the human services and justice systems.
  • Provide guidance for Regional, Local and Provincial HSJCCs to improve the active engagement of Black, Indigenous and racialized populations within their work.
  • Promote best practices and key considerations for improving the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized populations involved in the human services and justice systems.
  • Provide ongoing advice to the Provincial HSJCC on projects and initiatives.

Jennifer Hyslop, Chief Executive Officer, CMHA Thunder Bay; P-HSJCC regional representative of the North West Centre of Responsibility

Valeria Danieli, member of the Scarborough Local HSJCC

Members include:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
  • West Parry Sound Probation, Youth Justice
  • Tibishkogijig Mental Health & Consulting Services
  • Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre, Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Critical Race Scholarship, UOIT
  • Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)
  • St. Leonard’s Community Services, London & Region
  • Forensic Early Intervention Services (FEIS), Complex Care and Recovery Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch
  • Toronto Regional HSJCC
  • Person with Lived Experience
  • Bethesda Services
  • Corrections, Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Specialized Client Services Unit, Youth Justice Division – Planning and Program Development
    Branch (MCCSS)
  • Anti-Racism Strategy Project (MCCSS)
  • Mental Health Works, CMHA Ontario
  • Private Bar
  • Canopy Support Services
  • Nishawabe Aski Legal Services
  • Student at Law

The realities of being Black in Canada in 2020 – Tracy Moore from CityLine discusses with Kathleen Bremang-Newman and Shemroy Parkinson about the systemic barriers and microaggressions they still face as people of colour and librarian Jane Schmidt breaks down the idea of white fragility and how to be an ally

The Skin We’re In – Acclaimed journalist Desmond Cole explores what it is to be Black in 21st century Canada in this documentary. Do Black Lives Matter here?

Deconstructing White Privilege – Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of “What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy” and has been an anti-racist educator and has heard justifications of racism by White men and women in her workshops for over two decades.

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion – Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

How to be Anti-Racist – A 54-minute video with Professor Kendi and journalist Jemele Hill to explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean.

Black Lives Matter – Full Panel Discussion – Oxford Union

Understanding My Privilege – University Chancellor, Susan E. Borrego, reflects on her life as an emancipated minor and dissects the emotionally charged conversation surrounding race relations in the United States. This raconteur uses her powerful first-person account of “White Privilege” and “Black Lives Matter” to underscore the responsibility each one of us has to bring about change.

White Fragility – A 30-minute video with Robin D’Angelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism sat down with Teaching Tolerance to discuss why working against one’s own fragility is a necessary part of White anti-racist work—and why good intentions don’t matter.

Ontario’s Anti-Racism Mandate Caucus Video – A 3-minute video on the impact of systemic racism has on Indigenous, Black and racialized people in Ontario. The video includes statistics, definitions and proposed plans of action.

The Next Question – Our video web series engages leaders, activists, creatives, and thinkers imagining how expansive racial justice can be. Each week, hosts Austin Channing Brown, Chi Chi Okwu, and Jenny Booth Potter expand imaginations with the help of incredible contributors. But it’s not just about the show. These in-depth conversations have become the groundswell for book clubs, reading homework, discussion groups, and more. The thousands of people joining the The Next Question are all a part of our TNQrew, learning and leading, every step of the way.


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