Directions, the Canadian Race Relation’s journal, provides community-based, action-oriented research, commentary, and perspectives on eliminating racism and discrimination.
For the National Indigenous Month of June, we are pleased to announce that the submission in Directions comes from Professor Naiomi Metallic (LL.M). Directions honoured to be the first to publish “Celebrating 30 Years of the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq” and make this article accessible to all. Established in 1989 at the Schulich School of Law, this initiative seeks to increase representation of Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq in the legal profession in order to reduce discrimination. This article celebrates the IB&M’s success in this aspect, as well as giving students a safe space and community to flourish during their studies and beyond. As a IB&M Initiative alumna herself, Naiomi Metallic discusses why this initiative is necessary, its never-ending positives, and how its graduates are making a difference and giving back to the community in various ways.
Naiomi Metallic is an Assistant Professor of Law and holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, and practices law at Burchells LLP. Being from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec, she was also the first Mi’gmaq person to be a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. Along with holding a BA and LL.B from Dalhousie and being a proud IB&M Initiative alumna herself, she also has an LL.L from Ottawa and an LL.M from Osgoode. Her passion lies in harnessing law to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada which she has shown and is showing through her legal practice, writing, teaching, and speaking.
The Directions journal serves as an important piece of the CRRF’s mission to strengthen Canadian values and build a united Canadian community. In the past, Directions was produced in a traditional journal format; previously unpublished articles, selected based on a central theme, were passed through an editorial board, peer review, and translation. The final product was a printed journal that could be either purchased or freely accessed in PDF format online. In recent months, we changed our parameters to the following:
The theme for the 2019 issue is Race Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions. We welcome submissions that focus on the ways in which communities relate, combine, ally or find themselves in opposition. What are the most effective ways in which we can work together? What are the impediments to respectful and productive relationships? While there is much focus on the value of apology and reconciliation, is there an argument be made (to use the title of David Rieff’s book) in praise of forgetting? Are we, as Canadians, too polite to engage in the hard conversations necessary to take us past interfaith and intercommunal sharing of diet, dress and dance?
We look forward to receiving your experiences, best practices and even glorious failures. We hope you will share what you have learned.