It's been awhile since you've heard from us! We hope you had a great summer and that you're enjoying the start of Fall.
We are in the middle of our Chinese Seniors' Storytelling Workshop Project. We have a group of 24 Chinese seniors who have been actively sharing stories, creating artwork and making Zhong Zi! For the 6 workshop series, both Han Zhang and Michelle Montenegro have been coordinating all the different aspects involved with the project. We will have a final event for the project, so please save this date: Saturday November 26, 2016 at the Regent Park Community Recreation Centre. We will release more information about this event next month.
我们的“华裔老人故事会工作坊”项目正在如火如荼进行中，我们有24位老人正在热烈地分享各自的故事，做艺术创作和一起包粽子！在共为期六次的系列活动中，Han Zhang 和 Michelle Montenegro两人一起协调项目的各个环节，我们的项目最后社区分享活动将在2016年11月26号在 Regent Park社区中心举行，请朋友们记下这个日期，期待你们的参与，有关的活动的具体细节我们将在十月份公布。
For our second project, East Asian Youth Civic Activism & Wellness Project we had a Steering Committee meeting with a group of educators, mental health experts and community members which gave us important feedback on the direction of the project. The name of the project is now: Live Well, Take Action - Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth. We are in the process of meeting with the 3 selected schools: Richmond Green S.S., Thornhill S.S., and Thornlea S.S. to figure out a plan for promotion, recruitment of youth and the logistics of implementing the workshops at each school. Both Jaclyn Wong and Judy Cho have been co-managing the project.
我们机构的第二个项目：东亚青少年公民参与和健康项目，我们刚刚结束了由一群教育家，心理健康专家和社区成员组成的指导委员会会议， 与会成员就项目方向提供了很重要的意见，并将项目的正式名称定为“身心灵健康，你我的行动”东亚青少年大使活动，我们正在安排与参与项目的三个学校Richmond Green S.S., Thornhill S.S., and Thornlea S.S.的会议，共同讨论在每个学校学生中推广和招募项目成员的计划，以及培训细节.Jaclyn Wong 和 Judy Cho 负责协调此项目.
We would like to bring your attention to two different public consultations by the Government of Ontario that are currently occurring. The Ontario government has formed an Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD) where a number of public consultations are needed to help shape the Directorate's mandate and goals. As a steering committee member of the Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change Network, we would like to bring your attention to the statement below, outlining specific recommendations we would like the Directorate put into effect. As a social justice organization that works to address systemic & institutional racism, we encourage members of the Chinese community to attend these consultations in support of these recommendations and to show solidarity with other racialized communities. When we work in solidarity, we recognize the impact of how racism differently impacts different communities and address the concerns of the most marginalized people of our society.
The other public consultation is a review of police oversight bodies by Justice Michael H. Tulloch, who is looking for community input on his recommendations (report to be released by March 31, 2017). There are a number of public consultations planned and we encourage people to attend especially to express their concern about how some communities have been disproportionately impacted by the police, such as Black and Indigenous community members. Unfortunately most of the consultations will not have interpretation services available but there will be a consultation in Markham on Oct 12, 2016, 5pm - 8pm at the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services (7220 Kennedy Road) that will offer both Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation. For this particular consultation, if you are interested in attending, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to the attendee list. All other consultations, are open to the public. For more info please click here: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/independent-police-oversight-reviewer-announces-public-consultations-593085601.html
( September 22, 2016 ) The Government of Ontario has committed to creating an Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD). It is now engaging in a series of community dialogues with the public to provide feedback on the ARD’s mandate, and identify priority areas of the directorate’s work - to apply an anti-racism perspective to all government policies, practices, programs and services - and how it should go about doing it.
Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change has long been calling for the Ontario Government to establish the Anti-Racism Directorate in order to both address the growing racial inequities in the province and to bring about needed racial justice in Ontario, particularly in such areas as employment, poverty and income security, housing, education, health, child welfare, policing and the justice system, food (in)security and the quality of life for racialized communities – both First Peoples and peoples of colour – more generally.
We are again calling on all of our community partners to attend the public community meetings – hosted by Michael Coteau, Minister of Anti-Racism – to be held over the next three months to help ensure that the Anti-Racism Directorate that is being set up is truly effective in addressing racism, is adequately resourced to the purpose, is fully accountable to racialized communities and most importantly is sustainable in the longer term.
The first three confirmed cities and venues thus far are -
Hamilton - Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00-10:00pm ( McIntyre Performing Arts Centre - 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton )
Mississauga - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:00-10:00pm ( International Centre - 6900 Airport Road )
Scarborough - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00-10:00pm ( Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto - 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto )
As you prepare your thoughts and positions we would ask all of our community partners, friends and allies to call on the Government to create a legislated mandate through an Anti-Racism Act- as well as adopt the others of the following recommendations:
Develop a public Anti-Racism Strategy to guide the work of the Directorate
Review and revise the Anti-Racism Strategy at least once every five years
The Anti-Racism Strategy must contain specific, objective and measurable targets aimed at addressing systemic racism in the province
The Government must consult with racialized communities and community groups on the development, review and revision of the Anti-Racism Strategy
The Anti-Racism Strategy must recognize the differential impact of racism as experienced by different racialized communities, and must contain specific goals and consultation plans with respect to Indigenous and Black communities
The Government must pass legislation to buttress and support the work of the ARD
The ARD must issue policies and directives to all provincial ministries, offices, agencies, boards, commissions and corporations on how to address systemic racism and require all of them to set targets with measurable goals and specific timetables
The ARD must make it mandatory for all ministries, offices, agencies, boards, commissions and corporations to collect ethno-racially disaggregated data, and to conduct regular audits to report on whether their targets are being met
As and where possible and appropriate funding to all ministries, offices, agencies, boards, commissions and corporations must be tied to meeting the targets and reporting requirements as set out by the ARD
Performance measurements of all deputy ministers must contain an evaluation of the ministries’ achievement of the targets and reporting requirements as set out by the ARD
The Minister must report annually to the legislature on the progress of the Strategy