‘We are waiting to see tangible results’: Five Black social impact leaders on the sector’s anti-racism progress

Why It Matters

Ending systemic racism will require more than just platitudes. Discrimination in the sector happens through badly designed funding agreements, poor HR practices, and deliberate exclusion — changing that will require leaders to take a hard look at their everyday practices.

This national humanitarian sector organization asked its members about their anti-racism practices. Here’s what it found.

Why It Matters

Humanitarian and international development are still home to colonial viewpoints, practices, and values. Meaningful anti-racism work, including the acknowledgement of racism within the sector itself, is a way of undoing this ongoing and harmful legacy.

Indigenous youth weren’t involved in creating COVID-19 policies — here’s why that needs to change for recovery

Why It Matters

When creating COVID-19 protocols, the government didn’t always engage Indigenous communities, leaving many Indigenous leaders out of the decision-making process. Moving forward, that has to change; Indigenous youth are Canada's fastest-growing demographic, and for full COVID-19 recovery — one that takes into account the wellbeing of Indigenous communities — young policy leaders need equal say in building a better future.

Indigenous youth should lead Canada’s implementation of UNDRIP, experts say

Why It Matters

After its initial refusal in 2007, Canada endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People: a piece of legislation impacting everything from resource extraction to land disputes. With Indigenous youth being the future of their communities, it’s vital that UNDRIP be implemented with Indigenous youth policy leaders at the forefront, shaping what future legislation looks like in Canada.

Four tips for building intergenerational connection into social impact work

Why It Matters

Older Canadians and youth are two of the demographics who’ve suffered the most throughout the pandemic. Experts in intergenerational connection say key to community recovery will be building connection across age groups, but it won’t be easy.

The pandemic has created a fear of aging. Stronger intergenerational bonds could fix that

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased concern for the emotional wellness of older Canadians and the mental health of younger people among healthcare workers. Experts believe this has created an opportunity to leverage intergenerational connections to shape the future of elder care in Canada; if this opportunity is not taken, society will be left in a troubling disconnected state.