Mar 07, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Ontario is focusing on battling anti-black and anti-indigenous discrimination – as well as Islamophobia – in a three-year plan to combat systemic racism.

The strategy includes the collection of race-based data in the child welfare, justice and health sectors – in addition to education from kindergarten to Grade 12.

There’ll also be an “assessment framework” to help remove unconscious bias in certain programs.

A Black Youth Action Plan comes with a four-year funding commitment of $47 million – targeting greater opportunities for black children and youth.

The government says the need to address Islamophobia is “urgent” and it will roll out a public education campaign –  and also look at collecting and publishing police data on reported incidents of Islamophobia – and other forms of racial prejudice.

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