by Jesse Feith
Originally published: December 5, 2017
The same day Quebec held its controversial forum on diversity and anti-discrimination, a coalition of groups announced it will be holding its own independent consultation into systemic racism in the province.
At a news conference Tuesday, the Table de concertation contre le racisme systémique — which includes more than 40 anti-racism groups — said it felt Quebec’s forum has been scaled back too far to be effective and misses the point.
To shed light on the issue, the coalition said it plans on hearing first-hand from Quebecers who have struggled with systemic racism through consultations it will hold in the near future. It will do so without the provincial government’s involvement.