Work to do: UN

Panel takes Canada to task on racism

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA - May War­ren metro | toronto

When it comes to racism within its own borders, Canada has some work to do.

That’s the mes­sage of a re­view by a United Na­tions com­mit­tee, which has a slate of al­most 70 rec­om­men­da­tions on every­thing from mi­grant worker rights to pre­vent­ing ra­cial pro­fil­ing.

A coali­tion of Cana­dian non­prof­its, in­clud­ing the On­tario Council of Agen­cies Serv­ing Im­mi­grants and the African Cana­dian Le­gal Clinic, were in Geneva in mid-Au­gust to present to the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Ra­cial Dis­crim­i­na­tion. The com­mit­tee adopted many of their sug­ges­tions.

“Canada could do bet­ter,” said Deb­bie Dou­glas, ex­ec­u­tive director of the On­tario Council of Agen­cies Serv­ing Im­mi­grants.

Dou­glas praised the UN’s rec­om­men­da­tion that Canada rat­ify an in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion to strengthen the rights of mi­grant work­ers and their fam­i­lies as well as adopt a con­ven­tion from the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion about de­cent work for do­mes­tic work­ers.

Avvy Go, director of the Chi­nese and South­east Asian Le­gal Clinic in Toronto, said the UN was im­pressed with some of the work Canada has done so far, in­clud­ing On­tario’s plans to col­lect race-based data.

“But it’s also clear from the re­port that the com­mit­tee feels that there are a lot of ar­eas where Canada needs im­prove­ment,” she said.

The re­port calls for a na­tional ac­tion plan to ad­dress racism, na­tion­wide data to help un­der­stand how poli­cies im­pact dif­fer­ent groups and for the gov­ern­ment to de­velop a con­crete plan on im­ple­ment­ing all 94 calls to ac­tion from the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion.

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