Tangled Lines: Unraveling the Racism and Discrimination Divides in Thunder Bay


Tangled Lines: Unraveling the Racism and Discrimination Divides in Thunder Bay

March 2023 | Rachel Rizzuto

Creating welcoming communities requires the participation of all community members. As such, Northern Policy Institute and Environics Research asked the question, what are the current racism and discrimination realities in Northern Ontario communities that might impact welcoming efforts?

Online and telephone surveys were conducted in February 2022 as part of a broader initiative to collect comparable, consistent data across the regions of Northern Ontario. The results of the Anti-Racism and Discrimination Survey indicated respondents felt things have been improving in the community and were expected to continue to improve. Though, areas of concern were still noted.  

For example, respondents felt that discrimination is still an issue for visible minorities and Indigenous peoples. As well, individual prejudice was noted as a bigger issue than discrimination built into laws and institutions, although some people noted both were equally a problem related to the treatment of Indigenous peoples. Finally, when asked in general if their community was welcoming towards specific groups, more people agreed this was the case for visible minorities compared to Indigenous peoples. To learn more about the survey findings and recommendations, read the report here:


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This paper is a part of a survey series undertaken in February 2022 through the Measurement Month initiative. This program is an annual effort to leverage our individual resources to collect consistent, comparable data to inform decision-making at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels

Related Research:

Northern Attraction Series : Thinking Local: Best Practices and Solutions for Northern Ontario Communities

Addressing the Cuts Left Behind: Anti Racism and Discrimination Initiatives for an Inclusive Northern Ontario

Connecting the Dots: Lessons from the International & Community Matchmaker Northwest Pilot

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