Racism: Problems and Solutions

Advocates for a more equitable Canada have broken new ground in their work, and have experiences that are worth sharing. We propose to create a series of 22-minute videos appropriate for national broadcast that will examine the problems of racism and discrimination in Canada. With accompanying educational materials, the series is intended to inspire conversation and generate support for continued advocacy.

If you are interested in hosting a film screening, please send us an email.

1. Rodney Darren Smalls | In partnership with Adjacent Possibilities Inc. | Trailer

This film tells the personal story of Rodney Darren Smalls’ (RDS), and his journey to shake the stereotypes that followed him as a Black teenage drug dealer and channel his entrepreneurship into community benefit.

2. Tam Goossen | In partnership with J by J Productions | Trailer

This film follows the story of Tam Goossen, a Chinese-Canadian community activist and organizer who advocated for the Heritage Language program as a TDSB school board trustee in the 1990s.

3. Chloe Dragon Smith | In partnership with Artless Collective Inc. |Trailer

This film follows the story of Chloe Dragon Smith, young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is of Chipewyan and European heritage and she grew up close to her Indigenous cultural values and learned traditional skills for living on the land. This northern upbringing shaped her values today. 

4. El-Farouk Khaki | In partnership with J by J Productions | Trailer to be posted soon

This film follows the story of El-Farouk Khaki, a Tanzanian-born Shia Canadian, who is a refugee and immigration lawyer, and human rights activist on issues including gender equality, sexual orientation, and progressive Islam.

5. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun | In partnership with Paisley Smith | Trailer to be posted soon

This film follows the story of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. He is one of the mostoutspoken and influential contemporary artists in Canada today. Of Cowichan and Okanagan First Nations descent, he lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has achieved international renown for his powerful fusion of art and political agency as a means to effect change.

6. Olivia Thomassie | In partnership with Yändata Inc. | Trailer to be posted soon

This film follows the story of Olivia Uviluk (Olivia Lya Thomassie). Olivia was born in Kuujjuaq on August 21st, 1998. She lives between Montreal and Kangirsuk, Nunavik. She is passionate about fashion. In her first involvement as a director with Wapikoni Mobile, Olivia wanted to show how Inuit winter clothes are fashionable. She has been involved with Wapikoni for Native Montreal youth campaign against discrimination and has worked as a local coordinator for Montreal and Kangirsuk workshops.

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