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Addressing Anti-Black Racism: Mentorship and Building the Capacity of Black Communities
Speaker: Dr. Bukola Salami from the Faculty of Nursing.

Black people are a growing population in Canada. In 2016, ~1.2 million Black people lived in Canada. Nevertheless, Black Canadians experience poor social, health and economic outcomes in Canada. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to address the health of Black populations. National- and provincial-level data indicate that Black people have the highest prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Canada. Anti-Black racism is an underlying reason for the high prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Black populations. Also, anti-Black racism has been implicated in the poor educational outcomes of Black youths and their involvement in the justice system. A report of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Decent states that “the cumulative impact of anti-Black racism and discrimination faced by African Canadians in the enjoyment of their rights to education, health, housing and employment, among other economic, social and cultural rights, has had serious consequences for their overall well-being”. The report identified the need to address anti-Black racism in partnership with affected communities. This presentation will highlight a program of research centred on addressing anti-Black racism with a focus on mentorship and building community capacity. The first study conducted was on parenting practices of African immigrants. Following up on the project, we organized a stakeholder engagement day to engage Black communities in addressing important priorities. The stakeholder engagement day led to the creation of an implementation committee and laid the groundwork for the delivery of the mentorship program for Black youths. We also delivered a series of conversation cafes for Black parents and Black youths. This research program provides valuable insight into how to address anti-Black racism by building the capacity of Black communities as veritable actors in improving outcomes.

Jun 14, 2021 04:00 PM in Edmonton

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