Racism in Canada

On Dec. 20, 2019 Maxwell Johnson and his 12 year-old granddaughter, Torianne, were racially profiled and handcuffed after trying to open a bank account at a BMO branch in Vancouver.

What happened to Max and Tori was terrible and shocking, but unfortunately it was just one example of the spectrum of racism Indigenous people face in Canada everyday.

Whether it’s being denied service at a restaurant, being followed by security guards in a grocery store, or being made the subject of racist jokes and slurs by staff, Indigenous people, and other people of colour, experience racism on a regular basis.

These seemingly isolated incidents connect to much deeper patterns of colonial violence and systemic racism against Indigenous people, including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the recent forced removal of Wet’suwet’en people from their homelands. This racism dates to the creation of Canada itself and continues to the present day.

It is all connected, and it must stop now.

Stories

VPD sergeant calls out Vancouver mayor for ‘systemic racism’ statements

This story originally appeared on VancouverSun.com on June 14, 2021. A Vancouver Police union leader has complained to the police board, saying Mayor Kennedy Stewart‘s public statements about systemic racism have created a “toxic work environment” in the force. Sgt. Blair Canning’s complaint also alleges that Stewart’s statements have contributed to the recent increase in assaults on officers…
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First Nations group wants to intervene in human rights case against Vancouver police

This story originally appeared on TimesColonist.com on June 16, 2021. The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs has launched an effort to gain intervener status in a human rights case involving an Indigenous man and his granddaughter over their treatment by Vancouver police while they tried to open a bank account. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, a former…
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Intervention into human rights case aims to hold VPD accountable for detainment of First Nations man and granddaughter

This story originally appeared on VancouverIsAwesome.com on June 16, 2021. Following a traumatic and humiliating incident that took place two years ago, two Heiltsuk Nation members have more supporters in their corner. One rainy Friday in December 2019, Maxwell Johnson and his then 12-year-old granddaughter Torianne Tweedie stopped by a Bank of Montreal location in…
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