Canada is widely seen as a success story: an international leader in promoting multiculturalism and adopting pro-immigration policies, a beacon of cultural tolerance, and a nation that seeks to lift all boats. And yet evidence of racial discrimination can be found throughout our society and economy. These are some of the words left unsaid in Canadian policy conversations. And we know that words left unsaid too easily become deeds left undone.
What happens when we bring racialized Canadians to the centre of policy debates?
What does Canadian democracy look and feel like to those whose lives and livelihoods are most precarious?
On the 50th anniversary of the IRPP’s founding, this panel — part of our celebratory gala — explored the potential of policymaking to change embedded forms of racial inequality and the steps we need to take to get there.