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36 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Understanding the impact of racism, colonialism, and poverty on Canada’s criminal justice system
To begin our series on human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system in Canada, we're pleased to welcome Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah. Akwasi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. He holds Affiliate Scientist status at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and serves as Director of Research for the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty. Akwasi’s work examines the intersections of race, crime, and criminal justice with a particular focus on the area of policing. In this podcast, Akwasi explores the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system. In particular, he talks about how racism and colonialism have contributed to the social and economic inequalities and discrimination experienced by Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities in Canada, and in turn shaped their interactions with the criminal justice system. Please note that in the following conversation, Akwasi uses the term “our” when referring to Indigenous and Black communities. This use is not intended to indicate possession. Rather, the term should be understood within the context of community membership. You find an edited transcript of the conversation, other contributions to the series, and links to resources on the Maytree website at maytree.com/what-we-focus-on/advancing-justice/.
2 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Trailer: Advancing justice
Welcome to “Advancing justice,” a podcast about human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. It is produced by Maytree, a Toronto-based organization exploring solutions to poverty in Canada using a human rights-based approach. This podcast is part of a series that explores the relationship between human rights, poverty, racism, and the criminal justice system. In each episode, we talk with researchers and practitioners to deepen our understanding of the issues and explore the historical roots of present-day realities, the challenges associated with the lack of race-based data, issues specific to Indigenous communities, lack of access to justice, as well as potential solutions and promising practices. Find full transcripts of the conversations, other contributions to the series, and links to resources on the Maytree website at maytree.com/what-we-focus-on/advancing-justice/.
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