Is there a unique “Brown” identity in Canada? Does being “Brown” expose someone to different and unique forms of racism or discrimination not experienced by Black, Asian or Indigenous people?
This workshop will explore anti-Brown racism through a human rights lens based on the unique experiences of South and Southeast Asians, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, and North Africans in Canada. We will explore the different manifestations of this racism – whether it is direct or systemic – based on distinct cultural stereotypes, religious differences, and economic insecurity.
Finally, we will examine how the experience of combatting these forms of anti-Brown racism has not only contributed to our understanding of discrimination, but also expanded the scope of human rights protection in Canada.
• Explore how race is socially constructed and the meaning and impact of anti-Brown racism;
• Enhance attendees’ capacity to identify dominant manifestations of anti-Brown racism at both individual and organizational levels;
• Strengthen attendees’ ability to utilize a human rights framework to understand and constructively address anti-Brown racism.
Facilitator: Raj Dhir, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Format: Virtual – Zoom