The social impact sector is “a microcosm of social exclusion,” says this founder

Why It Matters

With Black Lives Matter ushering in new momentum for racial justice, community builder Candies Kotchapaw says the non-profit sector requires an overhaul in leadership. In Canada, more than half of charities and non-profits do not gather data on employee diversity, according to a 2018 study. In order to truly serve marginalized Canadians, non-profits must prioritize racial diversity, particularly in management, says Kotchapaw.

What Defunding the Police Could Mean for the Social Sector

Why It Matters

Amid a global conversation on systemic racism and police brutality, Canadians are calling to defund the police and invest instead in social services. According to Statistics Canada, over $15 billion is spent on policing, and operating expenditures have been increasing, even when adjusted for inflation.

Canadian activists want to defund the police. Here’s what that means.

Why It Matters

Policing represents the largest line item in many Canadian municipalities’ budgets. At the same time, Black Canadians and Indigenous people are disproportionately killed, harmed and jailed by police officers. Activists around the world — and here in Canada — say the solution is to reduce (either partially or completely) our reliance on police for public safety, and to defund the police.

8 terms used in anti-racism work explained

Why It Matters

Canada is not immune to racism. Though this has always been clear, the pandemic has demonstrated very visibly to Canadians that people of colour are disproportionately impacted. Anti-racism work is imperative for all Canadians, including those who work in the world of social impact.