Last week, the Ontario government announced a new COVID-19 enforcement protocol allowing police to randomly stop residents. The measure may have been rolled back, but for Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized residents, this kind of enforcement isn’t new.
Joyce Echaquan was surrounded by all the familiar features of a healthcare environment. She lay in a motorized bed wearing a teal gown, the walls were a soft beige, and the beeps of medical machinery faintly filled the air. The racism she experienced was familiar, too.
Over a decade in the making, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will open their newest addition in Feb. 2021—an Inuit Art Centre with curators representing all four regions of the Inuit territories, seeking to bridge the gap between Canada’s Northern Inuit and Southern settler communities.
Just two per cent of all university teachers across Canada are Black. In the wake of movements to address the lack of diversity in Canadian higher education, The Pigeon spoke to some Black professors about their positions in academia.
Growing up on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, lacrosse surrounded Fawn Porter. The game is inextricably tied to her nation's identity and heritage. To her, it seemed a no-brainer that she would eventually have a stick in her hand.
Vanessa Simon, a Victoria university student, organized a last-minute rally in support of Black lives this June. The all-day event gathered hundreds of people. Three months later, Simon reflects on how activism has helped her build community.
As Quebec approaches the third anniversary of its ban on face coverings—often referred to as its "niqab ban"—Muslim women in the province are wryly noting the government’s recent change in opinion when it comes to face coverings in light of the global pandemic.
Prairie Harm Reduction has been working toward opening Saskatchewan’s first safe consumption site for five years. The site is set to open on Oct. 1, directly in the wake of a Saskatchewan Coroners Service report estimating that overdose deaths in the province in 2020 are already higher than any previous year.
WHEAT is the only therapeutic arts training centre in central Canada that provides diplomas and certificate programs in expressive arts and art therapy. This month, the institute has welcomed its first cohort of students as part of the first Indigenized expressive arts therapy program in the country, which introduces participants to Anishinaabe culture, tradition, and art as a form of healing.
In the age of social media, visuals can articulate and contextualize information faster than words. With the recent travel restrictions, lockdown orders, and physical distancing measures, screens are our window to the rest of the world. People are consuming more visual images now than ever before, and visual art plays an important role in the fight for social justice.
In Alberta, as in many provinces, the perception that Canada doesn’t have a racism problem persists. According to some, police brutality against marginalized people is an issue exclusive to the US, and racial discrimination is non-existent. Rex Murphy, a well-known Canadian commentator and author, even wrote a column claiming that “Canada is not a racist country." But racism happens here too.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was announced in March 2020 to support Canadians struggling financially due to COVID-19. Since then, 8.46 million Canadians have applied for the benefit, and 86 per cent of Canadians have agreed the CERB is a necessary and useful aid. However, while the federal government has extended COVID-19 support to countless Canadians, those with disabilities were left in the lurch.
Due to COVID-19, the majority of Ontario universities are only offering remote learning, administering their classes online. As in-person examinations for the Fall 2020 semester are unlikely, the Ontario government and eCampusOntario have provided access to the online proctoring service ProctorTrack.