Black Canadians face ‘subtle and insidious’ racism, conference told – Manitoba News

Black Canadians face ‘subtle and insidious’ racism, conference told – Manitoba News



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Cicely-Belle Blain, a Vancouver-based activist who founded the city’s Black Lives Matter movement, speaks at a keynote panel Saturday to close out the 2017 conference of the Black Canadian Studies Association, held at Brandon University.

Racism against black Canadians, as speaker after speaker demonstrated to Cicely-Belle Blain, is both “subtle and insidious.”

It’s not always overbearing, but it’s there, and it adds up, Blain shared with an understanding audience at the Black Canadian Studies Association’s 2017 conference in Brandon.

Kimani Peter, foreground, a student organizer at OCAD University in Toronto, said the 2017 conference of the Black Canadian Studies Association, held over the weekend at Brandon University, gave him a wide variety of perspectives on the history of black Canadians and the current activism efforts underway across the country.


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Kimani Peter, foreground, a student organizer at OCAD University in Toronto, said the 2017 conference of the Black Canadian Studies Association, held over the weekend at Brandon University, gave him a wide variety of perspectives on the history of black Canadians and the current activism efforts underway across the country. (IAN FROESE/THE BRANDON SUN)

The message was one of the key takeaways Blain took from listening to black speakers from across the country.

“It really is the Canadian…



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