Human rights commissioner calls out ‘pervasive’ racism towards Indigenous people in Timmins – CBC

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Mar 13, 2018

Racism against Indigenous people in the northeastern Ontario city of Timmins appears to be both pervasive and normalized, the province’s chief human rights commissioner said this week.

Speaking after a fact-finding mission to the region, Renu Mandhane said everyday incidents experienced by First Nations people include being unduly scrutinized in stores or at the mall, hassled when using status cards, being called “dirty Indians,” or being yelled at by motorists to go back to their reserves.

“We did get the sense that there is a pervasive level of racism that Indigenous people experience in Timmins,” Mandhane said. “We (also) heard a lot about discrimination in housing: If your name sounds First Nations or you look stereotypically First Nations, that would impact your ability to get housing, especially because there is such a housing shortage.”

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