EDI One Hour Programs

Program 1 – Understanding Anti-Black Racism  

Who Should Attend  Lawyers who want to understand how discrimination is uniquely felt by Black Canadians while also being equipped with an understanding of key terms and definitions involving racism.                                                                  

About the Program We review Black Canadian voices who comment on white privilege and the over-surveillance of Black people in Canada. We also review how Black Canadian advocacy efforts, in many fields – from police oversight to international human rights – have improved the lives of all Canadians, thus showing the value of diversity and inclusion. Finally we will explore a case study involving the alleged racial profiling of four Black youths from Toronto, by the police, and contextualize this study by reviewing key terms and definitions relating to racism and discrimination.

Program 2 – Understanding Xenophobia  

Who Should Attend  Lawyers who want to understand how xenophobia is defined by academics and addressed in law and policy.         

About the Program In addition to explaining the theoretical connections between racism and xenophobia we will also review various rationales that underlie policies, laws, and court judgments that directly or indirectly facilitate xenophobic outcomes. Discussions also take place on multiculturalism and populism so lawyers can better understand these influences, when representing clients. A case study involving xenophobia, as it relates to refugees from Eritrea, will be referenced throughout the program.

Program 3 – How Lawyers Address Race        

Who Should Attend this Program  Lawyers who want to understand how the “politics of respectability”, and “identity performances”, related to race, consciously and unconsciously, influence decision makers in legal proceedings.                      

About the Program  We will review various identity strategies that lawyers rely upon when representing clients including – “race neutral”; “race-coded” and “race-conscious” strategies – while also noting the pitfalls of these tactics as they can serve to disadvantage communities of colour, despite possible benefits to an individual client. Case studies of alleged racial profiling by police are also reviewed to show how Black youths employ the “politics of respectability” within administrative police disciplinary proceedings and criminal trials.

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