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
- 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
- Anti-Racism Strategy Project (MCCSS)
- Mental Health Works, CMHA Ontario
- Private Bar
- Canopy Support Services
- Nishawabe Aski Legal Services
- Student at Law
Guidance for Honouring the Land and Ancestors Through Land Acknowledgements – Centre for Addiction & Mental Health [2022-06-24]
Halton HSJCC Anti-Racism Guidebook – 2022-02
What Racism Looks Like – 2020
American Psychiatric Association Board Issues Apology for History of Racism [2021-02-03]
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism – Ontario Health [2021-01-22]
University of Waterloo Anti-Racism Resources
Cross-cultural Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association, British Columbia Division
CAMH Launches Strategy to Dismantle Anti-Black Racism [2021-02-10]
Race and Criminal Injustice: An examination of public perceptions of and experiences with the Ontario criminal justice system – Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Ryerson Faculty of Law and the University of Toronto [2021-02-10]
No Silence on Race: The Letter [2020-06-30]
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.
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.
Anti-Black racism in Canada: time to face the truth [2020-06-02] – Canadian Human Rights Commission
Police brutality continually treated like a ‘one-off’ in Canada [2020-06-01] – The Current (CBC)
Toronto Board of Health declares anti-Black racism a public health crisis [2020-06-08] – CBC News
Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism [2019-06-13] – Kathleen Osta and Hugh Vasquez, National Equity Project
George Floyd’s death was a public lynching and I pray it leads to change [2020-06-09] – Alvin Curling, Toronto Star
Does talking about racism make you uncomfortable? Too bad [2020-06-02] – Nam Kiwanuka, TVO
‘I Don’t Care if You’re Racist. I Care if You’re Hurting Me’ [2020-02-14] – Olamide Olaniyan, The Tyee
Systemic racism impacting the health of Canada’s Black population [2021-02-02] – Neale McDevitt, McGill Reporter
The 1619 Project [2019-08] – The New York Times Magazine
Experts Answer 8 Critical Questions Regarding Racism [2021-02-08] – Michelle P. Maidenberg, Psychology Today
In the fight for racial justice, here’s what white allyship looks like [2020-06-14] – Erin Carson, Cnet
What White People Should Know About Racism [2021-05-28] – Jason N. Linder, Psychology Today
Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies – Paul Kivel
In Canada, Black Patients More Likely to Receive Coercive Treatment, Study Finds – Psychiatric News Alert [2021-07-15]
How to talk to kids about race, and why you should start now – CBC News [2020-06-04]
Talking Race with Young Children – NPR [2019-04-26]
26 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism & resistance – Association of California School Administrators 
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults – Common Sense Media
“Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey” – Integrated Schools podcast [2020-05-21]
Teaching Your Child About Black History – PBS Kids for Parents [2018-02-15]
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race – Books For Littles [2021-01-02]
Here’s How W. Kamau Bell Talks About Race With His Kids – BuzzFeed News [2016-02-18]
100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice – Raising Race Conscious Children [2016-06-02]
Raising Race-Conscious Children – A Cup of Jo [2016-10-03]