The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan subscribes to the following definition of racism:
“Any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”
Definition of Racial DiscriminationUnited Nations Association of Canada
Click above to Download and Read the MCoS Position Statement on Racism.
Understanding the Scope of Racism
There are different kinds of racism.
It is important to understand that one cannot effectively deal with racism until one looks at all the underlying causes and takes steps to correct them.
is the social production and reproduction of values and standards which privilege one group’s cultural heritage and identity over those of another; encourage schools to include Indigenous perspectives and content, reflect the full diversity of Saskatchewan, especially values and beliefs beyond holidays, performance and food.
Systemic Racial Discrimination
is embedded in institutional systems; the direct link between residential schools’ conscious cultural destruction to social issues, such as poverty, employment, education, health and legal issues for Indigenous people is an example.
is between people, e.g. treatment in stores and restaurants.
occurs when people targeted by racism come to believe that the stereotypes and prejudices of racism are valid. They may act out this belief by oppressing others of their own group, or by devaluing themselves through feelings of shame, self-hatred, isolation, powerlessness, self-doubt and despair.