50 years after Canada adopted multiculturalism, a new film project is checking on our progress

"Five decades after Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government adopted a formal multiculturalism policy, many Canadians, immigrants or not, are still trying to search for their identity and find their place in this country. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice efforts amid the global pandemic, Ryerson University researchers have launched an innovative project to explore the legacy of multiculturalism’s ideal and the sense of belonging to a Canadian identity."

Starting out (video art)

To the tune of a melodic cinematic electronica soundscape, ’Starting Out’ offers a visual exploration of displacement with a vintage aesthetic and a cosmic vibe — a grappling with forced migration and its ripple effects in space and time. An experimental short film produced as part of the i am… Project, led by X University in collaboration with TIFF.

Looting and rioting are acceptable responses to racism

There are many sentiments floating around on social media that invoke Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela as embodiments of peaceful protesting. Many have likened rioters and looters to ‘criminals’ and have condemned outrage as a response to anti-black racism. In the end, why do people riot? In this post, Christina Hutchinson argues that this is in fact the wrong question to ask.
BLM: Libertinus

No Silence: Anti-Black Racism as Spectacle

In a first contribution to Conditioned Things, Christina Hutchinson considers the way in which social media desensitizes viewers to acts of anti-black violence and spectacularizes police brutality. On the one hand, social media allows us to bear witness to this violence and expose systemic injustices; on the other, white viewers may ‘consume’ the violence and walk away from it relatively unmoved and unharmed. Here, she provides a few tips on how to become a responsible witness, rather than a passive consumer of anti-black violence.

University-prison partnership brings hope to incarcerated learners

“In a makeshift classroom at a correctional facility in Southern Ontario, some 20 students – half of them incarcerated at the facility – sit in a circle alongside a professor. While the professor is responsible for framing discussion topics and structuring class activities, students are encouraged to direct comments at their peers, linking personal perspectives and experiences to the class readings. The students are participating in the Walls to Bridges (W2B) program, which was launched by the faculty of social work at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011.”

University-NGO partnership brings hope to students overcoming war

“In late April, the administration at Wilfrid Laurier University announced it will provide additional support for international students from war-torn countries to come study at the university. The news is a big win for the leadership of International Students Overcoming War (ISOW), a student-led group at Laurier which provides full scholarships to international students whose lives have been disrupted by violence in their homeland. ISOW has been advocating for more money since January, when the uncertain political situation in the U.S. made Canada the preferred choice for many international students fleeing war.”
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