RACISM DIFFERENT IN CANADA THAN IN USA: UNITARIANS
March 21 International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
As part of the continuing process of developing autonomy, the
Canadian Unitarian Council has discerned that racism in
When asked in a recent survey to name the most pressing racial issues in their communities, responses from seven congregations mentioned discrimination against First Nations or aboriginal people; three pointed to treatment of Asian or Indo-Canadian students or immigrants; and two named discrimination against Black people. Two congregations said that they had held special Sunday Services to observe Black History Month.
Unitarians commonly work with inter-faith groups in their area, which often include immigrant faith groups such as Buddhists or Muslims. The CUC reached out to Islamic communities after 9-11, pledging friendship and support for their right to practice their religion.
"The first step to eliminating racism," said Bowen, "is to locate it and name it." Since social
justice work is intrinsic to Unitarianism, the CUC encourages all congregations
to analyze and combat racial discrimination in their own communities and to
recognize how racism plays out differently in
The Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil unitarien du Canada (CUC), is an association of forty-four
congregations located across