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IT STARTS... With Standing Against Discrimination

Discrimination - The unequal treatment of members of various groups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion and other categories.  

Source: Racial equity tools (n.d.).  Glossary:  Discrimination.  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from http://racialequitytools.org/glossary#discrimination

Forms of Discrimination

Harassment:  Inappropriate jokes, insults, name-calling or displays such as a poster or cartoons directed at a person because of race, colour, sex or gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Wage discrimination:  An employer offering a lower wage for similar work because of gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.

Discrimination in hiring:  During a job interview, being asked inappropriate questions about: child care arrangements if you are a parent or whether or not you plan to have children; disabilities or health limitations; age; religion or any other personal characteristic protected under human rights; and not getting a job based solely on response to these questions and not qualifications or experience.

Source:  National Association of Japanese Canadians (2017).  What are some examples of discrimination?  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from https://najc.ca/what-are-some-examples-of-discrimination/

How to Take Safe and Purposeful Action

Everyone has a responsibility to create environments in which others feel safe.

Read outside the lines:  It is important for young people to have characters, in both fiction and nonfiction, who feel relatable. Host a book club that reads texts by or about individuals who hold identities outside the socially defined "norm."  Check out some of these titles: ParrotfishSymptoms of Being Human, and Tomboy.

Safe Space Flag: Almost 1 in 4 students report being bullied at school. Designate a Safe Space, where bullying isn't tolerated.

For a more complete list visit the link below.

Source:  Gender Spectrum (2017).  10 ways you can stand up to discrimination today.  Retrieved May 8, 2017 from https://www.genderspectrum.org/blog/10-ways-you-can-stand-up-to-discrimination-today/

Resources

Engage partners, make allies and join a cause.

Explore the strengths of diversity by learning tips and tools to use in classrooms and other settings.

People experience racial discrimination in a variety of different ways.  Visit Ontario Human Rights Commission for examples.

Here Comes Everyone:  A resource on teaching in the intercultural classroom from the Alberta Teachers' Association.

“What does it mean to be culturally competent" written by Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) with the support of the Canadian Government.

Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition has developed a tool-kit