CHALLENGING / OVERCOMING SYSTEMIC BARRIERS. SYSTEMIC BARRIERS STEM FROM… SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION / RACISM DEFINED AS…
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SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION / RACISM
“The institutionalization of discrimination through policies and practices which may appear neutral on the surface but which have an exclusionary impact on particular groups, such that various minority groups are discriminated against intentionally or unintentionally.”
Source: Canadian Race Relations
The process in reinforced in operating systems of society resulting in ‘SYSTEMIC BARRIERS’.
“Barriers that restrict or limit access to resources or opportunities in various spheres and sectors within society such as employment, education, health, social services etc.
Source: HCCI Training Manual
“The process by which individuals and communities gain mastery of their lives.”Meredith Minkler
An intentional, ongoing process centered in the local community, involving mutual respect, critical reflection, caring and group participation through which people lacking an equal share of valued resources gain greater access to and control those resources.”
Cornell Empowerment Group
Key Steps… Education, learning,cultural awareness,
cultural acceptance etc.
Be aware of your own attitudes, stereotypes and
Actively listen to and learn from other’s experiences.
Use language and behaviour that is non-biased and
inclusive of all people.
Project a feeling of understanding, love and support
when confronting individuals.
Establish standards of responsibility and behaviour
and hold yourself and others accountable.
Be a role model and be willing to take risks that
Work collectively with others, organize and support
efforts that combat prejudice and oppression in all
Acknowledge diversity and avoid stereotypical thinking.
“No one community is untouched by or isolated from the challenges / problems in an adjoining community.”
HCCI Training Manual
quality of life and opportunity.
safety, healthcare, employment etc.