THROUGHOUT NORTHERN ONTARIO
Bay consists of groups and organizations concerned about the issues
of diversity and racism in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The members have
cooperated over the years on a variety of initiatives and committees.
Thunder Bay was established as a result of the need to re-evaluate
the effectiveness of our community's anti-racism initiatives and to
collectively address the issue of racism. Racism has effects on some
of the community's most vulnerable residents, and is a real cost to
the community as a whole.
the past 15 years a number of initiatives have been implemented. These
initiatives range from the March 21st International Day Against Racial
Discrimination, June 21st Aboriginal Day Celebrations, and Heritage
Days, to advisory committees, policy making and anti-racism education.
vision of a new body working from a more permanent, year-round basis
developed. Diversity Thunder Bay, organized in 2000, is that new body.
The Diversity Thunder Bay coalition consists of representatives from
many organizations, spanning business, education, political, multicultural
and other sectors.
Bay conducted a survey of race-relations, racism and discrimination
between September and December 2001. The study was called "A
Community of Acceptance: Respect For Thunder Bay's Diversity."
Lookout Anti-Racism Committee
The Sioux Lookout
Anti-Racism Committee endeavours to serve its community, including
all the area residents and visitors, in the belief that all people
are equal. In an effort to promote the health of the community, facilitates
change through cooperation, education, personal example and timely
input, focusing on systemic issues using an organized strategic approach.
provide forums to increase understanding, and resources for education,
advocacy, justice, and equal opportunity. It encourages, develops,
and supports initiatives, programs and activities that promote respect,
understanding, acceptance and cooperation in the community.
has also facilitated the formation of the Sioux Lookout Multicultural
Youth Group, and a project called "Pis-ka-pii-win": Empowerment
and Healing Through Rediscovery. This project will establish a cultural
outdoor education camp in Sioux Lookout to provide aboriginal youth
with opportunities to acquire traditional knowledge, develop closer
connections to elders and the land and learn cultural teachings. Youth
recognize that this will help them to re-discover and respect themselves,
thereby helping to address pressing problems of youth substance abuse
and suicide as a result of the multi-generation affects of residential
Box 1194, Sioux Lookout Ontario, Canada P8T1B7
Telephone: (807) 737-1501
Community Working Group on Diversity began meeting in June 2002. The
group expanded its membership with six volunteers from the reporting
session, and with city staff, members of a CAOs policy working
group. The group oversees coordination of a diversity project in Sudbury
and gives direction to the project coordinator.