RESOURCES and IMPORTANT LINKS

LANGUAGES & DEFINITIONS

Anti-Black Racism

Prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that is directed at people of African descent and is part of their unique history and experience.

Characterized by particularly virulent and pervasive racial stereotypes.

Anti-Semitism

Latent or overt hostility or hatred directed towards individual Jews or the Jewish people (not all Semitic peoples), leading to social, economic, institutional, religious cultural or political discrimination.

Often expressed through individual acts of physical violence, vandalism, the organized destruction of entire communities and genocide.

Apartheid

Embodies major components of displacement through colonization, including its changing policies and measures in which expansionism and racism subjugate and eradicate a people.

Forcible transfer of populations, land control, labor exploitation, humiliation and murder.

Assimilation

A process by which an individual or group completely adopts or is absorbed by the culture, values, and patterns of another social, religious, linguistic, or national group.

Colonialism

A process by which a foreign power dominates and exploits an indigenous group by appropriating its land and extracting the wealth from it

Extension of a nation's sovereignty over a territory beyond its borders by the establishment of either settler colonies or administrative dependencies in which indigenous populations are displaced or directly ruled.  

Discrimination

The denial of equal treatment and opportunities to individuals or groups with respect to education, accommodation, health care, employment, services, goods, and facilities.

Discrimination may occur on the basis of race, nationality, gender, age, religion, political affiliation, marital or family status, physical disability, or sexual orientation.

Hegemony

The imposition of a dominant group's ideology onto everyone in society.

Imperialism

Forceful extension of a nation's authority by territorial conquest establishing economic and political domination of other nations.

Can also describe the imperialistic attitude of superiority, subordination and domination over foreign peoples.

Inclusion

A situation that exists when disadvantaged communities and designated group members share power and decision making at all levels in projects, programs, and institutions.

Internalized Oppression

The manner in which members of an oppressed group come to internalize the oppressive attitudes of others toward themselves and those like them. Some members of marginalized groups hold oppressive views of their own group, or start to believe in negative stereotypes.

Internalization is the process of acceptance of a set of norms and values established by people or groups that are influential to the individual through the process of socialization.

Islamophobia

Prejudice or discrimination against Islam or Muslim people as a whole.

Practice of discrimination against Muslims by excluding them from the economic, social, and public life of the nation.

Oppression

The domination of certain individuals or groups by others through the use of physical, psychological, social, cultural, or economic force. Oppression occurs at the group or macro level, and goes well beyond individuals. Sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and heterosexism are forms of oppression.

Prejudice

Learned prejudgments about members of social groups to which we don't belong. Prejudice is based on limited knowledge or experiences with the group. Simplistic judgments and assumptions are made and projected onto everyone from that group.

Racism

A system in which one group of people exercises power over another on the basis of skin color; an implicit or explicit set of beliefs, erroneous assumptions, and actions based on an ideology of the inherent superiority of one racial group over another. evident in organizational or institutional structures and programs as well as in individual thought or behavior patterns.

Racialised Groups

Members of society characterized in terms of racial meanings: skin color, physical characteristics and culture. Often positioned in subordinate positions in society and placed at the tail-end of racial practices.

White Privilege

The right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white people beyond the common advantages of all others; and exemption from certain burdens or liabilities.

Common characteristic of which is the fear of losing privilege in society

White Supremacy

The assertion of power through racial ideologies where race, racism and/or the process of racialization become central in privileging the material interests of white at different class levels, while simultaneously denying opportunities/ create barriers for racialised groups in the social relations of production, resource allocation and knowledge transfers.

The Other

Used in reference to certain racialised groups in society such as Indigenous peoples, peoples and people of color. These groups are categorized as the "other"-- that is, possessing "different," "undesirable," or "deviant" beliefs, values, and norms.

Xenophobia

is the irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange

Zionism

a Jewish movement that arose in the late 19th century in response to growing anti-Semitism, and sought to reestablish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Modern Zionism is concerned with the support and development of the state of Israel.

Contact: Racialised Students' Collective | racialisedstudents@rsuonline.ca | 416.979.5255 x 2334 
 
 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Across Boundaries

Across Boundaries provides a range of supports and services that identify and honour the strengths of individuals, families, and racialized communities - while recognizing and addressing the negative impact of racism and discrimination on their mental health and well being. Our services are grounded in up-to-date knowledge and research, community engagement, capacity building, and an awareness of the intersection of personal identities. Advocacy, training, and education within the health care sector that brings about individual, institutional and systemic change are strong components of our commitment to quality mental health and addiction care for racialized people.

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Afghan’s Women Association

AWO's Mandate is to provide settlement services to all newcomers, with a special focus on women, their families, refugees and people who have experienced war and persecution. Its Mission is to improve newcomers' quality of life, to help them live in dignity and reach their full potential, and to prompt social and economic inclusion so that they may be contributing members of society.

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Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services

The Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services (BCS) is a non-profit organization that provides support and services to the diverse communities in the Crescent Town and surrounding neighbourhoods including Taylor-Massey, Teesdale, Dawes, Secord and Lumsden.  BCS provides information, referrals, skill development and settlement services, and cultural and recreational programs to the children, youth, adults, and seniors of the community.  BCS consistently collaborates with other community organizations and service providers to address and provide services for the continuous changing needs of the community.

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Canadian Black Heritage In The Third Millennium

Resource for educators, researchers, writers, students and people researching Black History from a Canadian Perspective.

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Canadian Race Relations Foundation

A national agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country.

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Centre For Immigrant & Community Services

To empower immigrants in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society through diverse, professional and innovative services

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The Centre For Spanish Speaking Peoples

The Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples is a non-profit, charitable organization serving new immigrants from 22 Spanish-speaking countries as well as members of other communities. 

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Colour Of Poverty

Campaign partners have developed a set of fact sheets that outline the various aspects of racialized poverty and its adverse impacts on education, health, employment, immigration and settlement, housing, and food security in Ontario.

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Colours Of Resistance (COR)

A grassroots network of people who consciously work to develop anti-racist, multiracial politics in the movement against global capitalism.

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Community Social Planning Council Of Toronto

Is committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels in order to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto. It is committed to diversity, social and economic justice, and active citizen participation in all aspects of community life.

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Council Of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)

A collection of organizations that helps to address the needs of immigrants and refugees within the South Asian community through its advocacy and programming initiatives.

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Culture Link

Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

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Freedom Youth Collective Resources

FYC is a Toronto-based for youth, by youth group, which aims to use multi-media to speak out about the issues affecting our communities. Our members are youth that work to counter negative stereotypes and the underrepresentation of marginalized people in the mainstream media. Our resource page features a variety of advocacy organizations that are geared towards youth.

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Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA)

The mission of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) is to deliver programs and services, provide a physical hub, and to advocate to improve the well-being and equity of Jamaican, Caribbean & African-Canadian communities within the GTA.

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Justicia For Migrant Workers (J4MW)

J4MW strives to promote the rights of seasonal Caribbean and Mexican migrant workers that annually participate in the federal government's Caribbean & Mexican Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (known as SAWP).

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Mujer

MUJER, is an organization that promotes the integral development of Latin American Women, emphasizing their rights and freedom. MUJER promotes programs, resources, and services that respond to the needs of Latin- American Women and youth.

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

A direct action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against eviction, termination of welfare benefits, and deportation. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves.

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Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ontario's Human Rights Code, the first in Canada, was enacted in 1962. The Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions. The Ontario Human Rights Commission was established in 1961 to administer the Code. The Commission is an arm's length agency of government accountable to the people of Ontario through the legislature.

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Ontario Network For Human Rights

Was started in 1996 as a support group for racialized people in Canada who were facing racial profiling, abuse of their rights, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, refusal of service based on race, denial of freedom from discrimination and violation of their citizenship rights as Canadians. It is now an online resource related to human rights and racism in Canada.

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Settlers In Support Of Indigenous Sovereignty (SISIS)

An archive of materials useful for solidarity work with indigenous struggles (Canada)

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Union Of Ontario Indians

A political advocacy group of 42 member First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

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Urban Alliance

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is a non-profit charitable organization that works primarily and proactively with the community, public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research, which are critical in addressing racism in society.

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25 In 5 Network For Poverty Reduction

A poverty reduction plan used to reduce poverty by 25% in 5 years and 50% in 10 years.

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