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Trudeau says it's time to recognize anti-black racism exists in Canada

Trudeau says it's time to recognize anti-black racism exists in Canada
From CBC - February 13, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saysit's time Canadians acknowledgethat racism and unconscious bias against black people exist in this country.

He called for action to ensure equal opportunity and treatment of the more than one million black Canadians, including doing more to recruit and elect black members of Parliament.

Trudeau made the comments Monday in a short speech at a reception marking Black History Monthat the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

Two weeks ago, Trudeau announced that Canada is officially recognizing the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent, which emphasizes the need for research and data collection to better understand the challenges facing black communities around the globe.

Trudeau said advocacy groups have complained about the over-representation of black people in prisons and about insufficient support for those with mental health issues.

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He said his government is committed to working with the black community to make progress on those and other challenges faced by black Canadians.

"It's time we recognize that anti-black racism and unconscious bias does exist," Trudeau told the reception Monday.

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