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Webinar: Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada: A Social Determinant of Health

October 2015

Overview

The inaugural webinar in this series was a presentation by Dr. Charlotte Loppie from the University of Victoria on “Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada: A Social Determinant of Health.” The event was attended by over 240 people, including several international participants.

In this webinar, Dr. Charlotte Loppie explored anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada – how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it. Dr. Loppie began by describing the construction of race as a form of social hierarchy, followed with an overview of expressions of racism as well as the impact of lived and structural racism on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Finally, Dr. Loppie provided examples of efforts to address racism in Canada, including anti-racism interventions, anti-oppressive education and cultural competency, as well as anti-discrimination legislation.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Charlotte Loppie is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) (UVIC) and Editor of the International Journal of Indigenous Health. Dr. Loppie has undertaken research and published in areas such as: Aboriginal health inequities, Aboriginal HIV/AIDS, social determinants of Aboriginal health, racism and cultural safety, cancer among Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal ethics and research capacity building as well as the sexual and reproductive health of Aboriginal women.

Recommended Readings

Loppie, S., Reading, C., and de Leeuw, S. (2014). Aboriginal Experiences with Racism and Its Impacts. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.


Reading, C. (2014). Policies, Programs and Strategies to Address Aboriginal Racism: A Canadian Perspective. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.


Reading, C. (2013). Understanding Racism. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

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