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KINGDOM ACTS FOUNDATION’S YOUTH ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN
KINGDOM ACTS FOUNDATION’S YOUTH ANTI-RACISM CAMPAIGN

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"Despite Canada’s emphasis on multiculturalism, racialized individuals are at risk for racial trauma due to prejudice and discrimination. The politicization of multiculturalism has permitted Canada to deny claims of racism. Yet, the historical basis of established institutions results in irrefutable systemic and systematic barriers for Canadian people of colour." (Williams, M.T., Khanna Roy, A., MacIntyre, MP. et al.)

The Kingdom Acts Foundation has embarked on an influential endeavour known as the “Youth Anti-Racism Campaign.” Supported by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), the initiative addresses and combat racism, particularly affecting youths from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities in Canada. This report summarizes the campaign’s activities and offers suggestions to enhance the fight against racism.

Campaign Activities

The Youth Anti-Racism Campaign has devised several strategies to provide education and awareness about the complex and damaging nature of racism. These initiatives include:

  1. Workshops: The campaign conducts a series of workshops aimed at helping youths understand the origins and harmful effects of racism. These workshops are designed to be interactive, creating a safe space for participants to share their experiences and learn from each other.
  2. Seminars: Expert-led seminars focus on in-depth discussions about the systemic nature of racism, how it permeates different sectors of society and its impact on Canadian BIPOC youths.
  3. Community Engagement: The campaign encourages active engagement with community members, fostering relationships between different racial and ethnic groups to create a more inclusive society.

Suggestions to Combat Racism against Canadian Minority Groups

While the Youth Anti-Racism Campaign has shown commendable progress, it is critical to continue expanding these efforts to combat racism. The following are some suggestions:

  1. Expand Education Initiatives: Education is a powerful tool against racism. By integrating anti-racism curricula at schools and making this a mandatory part of the education system, we can foster a new generation of informed and empathetic youths.
  2. Support Legislation: Advocate for policies and laws that actively deter racial discrimination, such as stricter penalties for hate crimes and ensuring equitable practices in workplaces, educational institutions, and housing.
  3. Promote Representation: Encourage fair representation of BIPOC communities in all sectors, particularly in positions of leadership and influence. This can contribute to reducing stereotypes and fostering a sense of inclusivity.
  4. Media and Public Influence: Engage influential personalities, celebrities, and media platforms to use their reach in creating awareness about racial disparities and promoting anti-racism.
  5. Community Partnerships: Foster partnerships with other organizations, both within and outside Canada, to share experiences, knowledge, and best practices in combating racism.

The Youth Anti-Racism Campaign by the Kingdom Acts Foundation has set commendable precedence in the fight against racism, making a significant contribution to society. The campaign effectively addresses the roots of racial discrimination and prejudice by focusing on education and dialogue, fostering change from within to ensure an inclusive and racism-free Canada.

Reference

Williams, M.T., Khanna Roy, A., MacIntyre, MP. et al. The Traumatizing Impact of Racism in Canadians of Colour. Curr Trauma Rep 8, 17–34 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40719-022-00225-5

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