Conference Summary Report “Confronting Racism and Addressing Human Rights in a Pandemic”
The COVID-19 pandemic is a human rights crisis in Canada and around the world. The segments of society most vulnerable to racism, hate, and discrimination as well as exclusion are also the ones most negatively impacted by the pandemic. On September 16, 2020, the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat (Federal Secretariat) joined forces with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) to host a virtual event that convened advocates and experts from across disciplines to raise awareness about the disproportionate negative impact of COVID-19 on racialized and Indigenous peoples and religious minorities in Canada. Invited speakers offered provocative perspectives to challenge participants to envision a truly inclusive, human rights-informed post‑pandemic recovery process. This report presents their conclusions and recommendations.
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