Racism is an ideology that either directly or indirectly asserts that one group is inherently superior to others. It can be openly displayed in racial jokes and slurs or hate crimes but it can be more deeply rooted in attitudes, values and stereotypical beliefs. In some cases, these are unconsciously held and have become deeply embedded in systems and institutions that have evolved over time. Racism operates at a number of levels, in particular, individual, systemic and societal.
Discrimination is an action or a decision that treats a person or a group negatively for reasons such as their race, age or disability. These reasons are known as grounds of discrimination. These 11 grounds are protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act:
- national or ethnic origin;
- sexual orientation;
- marital status;
- family status;
- a conviction for which a pardon has been granted or a record suspended.
This is a chance to contribute towards building a world of justice, equality and dignity, where racism and discrimination have no place.
By taking this pledge, you are committing to: