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Statement of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People

Statement of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) expresses solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and strongly condemn the invasion of Wet’suwet’en lands by colonial authorities.

As Chinese settlers of this land, we recognize that the long and complex history of Indigenous-Chinese relations is one of complicity in displacement and colonization, but also one of solidarity. Chinese railway workers, who were themselves exploited, helped construct the Canadian Pacific Railway, which played a crucial role in the displacement and colonization of Indigenous peoples. Yet injured Chinese workers who were left to die by their employers were often taken in, cared for, and sheltered by Indigenous nations. 

It is this ongoing history that inspires us to unite with Wet’suwet’en and other Indigenous peoples across North America engaging in active resistance to defend Indigenous sovereignty. We call on the various levels of government to desist in the use of state violence in support of  the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through unceded and ancestral territories. 

We encourage supporters and community members to take part in solidarity actions with the Wet’suwet’en people, or to organize their own actions in accordance with the call from the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.

聲援Wet’suwet’en原住民的聲明

全加華人協進會(平權會)多倫多分會(CCNCTO)聲援Wet’suwet’en原住民,並強力譴責殖民地政府入侵Wet’suwet’en領土。

作為加拿大的華裔居民,我們知道華僑與原住民歷史上的的關係甚為複雜。我們的到來一方面助長了原住地的殖民化過程,使原住民流離失所,另一方面也曾互相幫助, 度過困難的年日。當年,華裔鐵路工人參與修建加拿大太平洋鐵路, 這鐵路是殖民化過程中的關鍵工程, 使原住民失去家園, 流離失所。但當受傷的華裔鐵路工人被雇主殘酷對待遺棄路旁,他們多時幸得原住民族收留,照料和庇護 。

正是這持續不斷的歷史激發我們與Wet’suwet’en人民,北美各地原住民團結一致,極力抵抗以捍衛原住民祖地。我們呼籲各級政府停止盲目推進Coastal GasLink輸送管項目,以暴力達到管道通過祖傳土地的目的。

我們鼓勵支持者和社區成員參加與Wet’suwet’en人民團結的行動,或根據Wet’suwet’en世襲酋長的呼籲,自力組織行動 。

声援Wet’suwet’en原住民的声明


全加华人协进会(平权会)多伦多分会(CCNCTO)声援Wet’suwet’en原住民,并强力谴责殖民地政府入侵Wet’suwet’en领土。

作为加拿大的华裔居民,我们知道华侨与原住民历史上的的关系甚为复杂。我们的到来一方面助长了原住地的殖民化过程,使原住民流离失所,另一方面也曾互相帮助, 度过困难的年日。当年,华裔铁路工人参与修建加拿大太平洋铁路, 这铁路是殖民化过程中的关键工程, 使原住民失去家园, 流离失所。但当受伤的华裔铁路工人被雇主残酷对待遗弃路旁,他们多时幸得原住民族收留,照料和庇护 。

正是这持续不断的历史激发我们与Wet’suwet’en人民,北美各地原住民团结一致,极力抵抗以捍卫原住民祖地。我们呼吁各级政府停止盲目推进Coastal GasLink输送管项目,以暴力达到管道通过祖传土地的目的。

我们鼓励支持者和社区成员参加与Wet’suwet’en人民团结的行动,或根据Wet’suwet’en世袭酋长的呼吁,自力组织行动 。

Translation Credit: Chiyi Tam

Fight nCov Fight Racism Questionnaire

Globally, xenophobia and racism towards Chinese and other Asian communities have been on a rapid rise since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This upswing of racism closely mirrors the racism experienced by Chinese in Canada during the 2003 SARS outbreak and must be confronted. In an effort to form a collective voice and document experiences of racism and discrimination in relation to the outbreak, we need your help! We will use the compiled experiences to better support our anti-racism advocacy work, and to communicate the concerns of discrimination held by Chinese communities in relation to the pandemic.

Proceed to Questionnaire -> https://sites.google.com/view/fightcoronavirusfightracism/

Joint Statement To Denounce Discrimination and Xenophobia In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

Joint Statement To Denounce Discrimination and Xenophobia In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

Date: January 28, 2020

The undersigned are community based organizations focused on serving and advocating for people of colour and other marginalized communities in Canada.

We support the recent statement from the York Region District School Board that the public should avoid discrimination and xenophobia during this recent outbreak of the coronavirus. http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/Repository/NewsEvents/Pages/Message-from-the-Board-Chair.aspx

Parent groups in York Region started a petition calling on their school board to publicly expose families that have recently visited anywhere in China and to suggest that their children be prevented from attending school. It specifically referred to families returning from China during the Lunar New Year: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-2019nCoV-spread-in-york-region-school

Influenza and pneumonia are ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada. Each year in Canada, it is estimated that influenza causes approximately12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths annually. No one has ever suggested that we should quarantine students for 17 days each time they have the flu.

The news is ever changing but what is known is that our health care system is much better prepared to respond to the latest coronavirus outbreak than in 2003 with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/coronavirus-canada-toronto-update-1.5440853.  Health officials have already developed a test and are screening travellers before they are permitted to leave the airport.

The coronavirus is not isolated to people of one nationality or race. This is a world health issue that has its most serious impact in one area of China (Wuhan), but it has affected people of all different races. Some cases have been found in other parts of China and other parts of the world.  East Asian Canadians were discriminated against during the SARS crisis despite the fact that the virus affected people of all races and nationalities.

The discrimination against East Asians at that time did not make the public safer; instead it isolated people, entrenched stereotypes, led to increased bullying in schools and spread fear of people of East Asian heritage. It is vital that we learn from the lessons of 2003 and apply them in how we treat each other today.

Racism has no place in our society or in our classrooms.

We applaud York Region District School Board for its excellent message to focus on the evidence, show empathy and avoid racial profiling. We urge all School Boards and public officials to provide similar leadership to promote a calm and inclusive approach, and prevent racial profiling.

Endorsed by:

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Alliance for Preserving the History of WWII in Asia
Black Legal Action Centre
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services
Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice
Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto Chapter
Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
Council of Agencies Serving South Asian
Mississauga Community Legal Services
OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Punjabi Community Health Services
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Yeehong Centre for Geriatric Care

Date: January 28, 2020

Lunar New Year Celebration 2019

By |February 17th, 2019|Event|0 Comments

Statement From CCNCTO

Statement From the Board of Directors
Date: May 29, 2018

The Chinese Canadian National Council of Toronto (CCNCTO)  commends the recent decision rendered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on certain discriminatory events that occurred  in a downtown Toronto restaurant, Hong Shing.

In May of 2015, a customer entered Hong Shing restaurant with his three friends and was told to pay for their food in advance before receiving their meals. All four customers identified as Black and were the only patrons in the restaurant required to pay for their meal in advance.

The HRT upheld the Human Rights Code and found the restaurant had violated the patron’s right against discrimination under the Code on the basis of place of race, colour and ethnic origin. The purpose of the Code is to uphold the dignity and worth of each person, and to ensure that each person feels a part of the community.

Racial profiling and racial stereotyping are not limited only within the context of policing, but  a variety of situations in everyday life. The incident involved serves as an important reminder that anti-Black racism remains a prominent fixture in Toronto. This  also reminds us that anti-Black racism can and does exist within other racialized groups, including the Chinese community.

CCNCTO is particularly alarmed and troubled in the context of growing cooperation between far-right extremist groups and elements within the Chinese community. These far-right extremist groups have co-opted members of the Chinese community through misleading them with false representations of hate, xenophobia, and islamophobia, as attempts to redress anti-Chinese racism.

CCNCTO categorically denounces any form of discrimination, hate and intolerance towards  any racialized group. Our organization continues to advocate and fight for long-term systemic change that results in a just and inclusive society for all. Any actions that perpetuate racism and fascism have no place in Canadian society.

The Board of Directors of CCNCTO

Discussion Group Series: Cross-generational Communication

By |December 21st, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Introduction to Immigrant Health & Hepatitis C

By |November 21st, 2017|Event|0 Comments

The 4th Chinese Canadian Achievement Award – Nominations Now Open!

By |October 11th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

The 4th Chinese Canadian Achievement Award – Nominations Now Open!  

Deadline for nominations: December 5, 2017 (Tuesday), 5pm

中文版本在下方

 

The Chinese Canadian Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements in promoting equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation and respect for diversity in the Chinese Canadian community. Through this award, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter hopes to encourage practices that work against systemic oppression. We recognize that speaking up and taking action against injustice is the first step to eliminating oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia, and that every individual can play an important part in building a more equitable society.

In addition to the general achievement categories, this year, the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is partnering with the Chinese Interagency Network (CIN) to present a special Workers’ Award to a worker who has made significant contribution to labour justice, workplace equity, and work conditions of the Chinese communities in the GTA.

Award Categories

Workers’ Award Individual Award Youth Award
  • Significance of contribution to one of these areas in the last 3 years: Labour justice, workplace equity, solidarity building, work conditions improvement, fair wage
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • Anyone with varying immigration status or work permit status is encouraged to be nominated. Nominees do not have to disclose such information. 
  • Significance of contribution to any area of social justice in the last year (2016-2017), including but not limited to racial justice, gender equality, and justice-based work related to access, immigration status, ageism, poverty etc.
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • We encourage nominations of senior members of the community, as well as those who are marginalized in the Chinese Canadian community, or newcomers
  • Aged 26 or under
  • Significance of contribution to any area of social justice in the last year (2016-2017)
  • We encourage nominations of youth who are marginalized in the community, e.g. those who are queer or trans identified, newcomers, those who live in poverty, or have limited access to social services due to immigration status or language barrier
  • Level of impact of their contribution
  • Nominators do not have to be youth-identified

Nominations are open to the entire GTA community. We do not accept self nomination. Staff of CCNCTO and members of the CIN Labour Committee are not eligible to nominate. 

We acknowledge these past recipients:
Kristyn Wong-Tam (2013), for her contributions throughout her career as a City of Toronto Councillor and as an advocate for social justice.
Beixi Liu (2015), for his tireless work as an organizer and activist, and his contribution to labour rights, especially for the Chinese immigrant workers community.
Daniel Yau (2016), in recognition of his many years serving the Chinese community as a legal worker and his leadership on the report Sweet & Sour, The Struggle of Chinese Restaurant-Workers.


How to nominate: 

  1. Fill out the nomination form (Download here)
  2. Include a 250 word explanation or create a 2 minute video about the person you’d like to nominate and why they should win this award
  3. Submit the completed form by email to info@ccnctoronto.ca or by mail to

    Re: CCAA Nominations
    Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
    1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105
    Toronto, Ontario M1P 2L9 Canada

The deadline for nominations is December 5, 2017 (Tuesday), 5pm.

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第四届全加华人成就奖现接受提名
提名截止日期: 2017年12月5号 星期二下午5点

全加华人成就奖旨在表彰和鼓励在华裔社区中倡议平等、社会公义、公平参与和尊重多元化的突出成就,,平权会多伦多分会希望通过颁发这个奖项,以鼓励与制度压迫抗争的行为,我们知道说出来并采取行动反对不平等是消除如种族主义,性别主义,阶级主义,同性恋恐惧症和转性恐惧症等众多压迫的第一步,在建立一个更平等的社会时我们每个人都可以扮演一个重要的角色。

在颁发和往年一致的成就类别之外,今年平权会多伦多分会(CCNCTO)将与服务华人机构联会(CIN)携手共同颁发一个特别奖项,该奖项将颁发给一位在大多伦多华裔社区的劳工公平,工作场所平等和工作条件改善中做出杰出贡献的工作者。

成就类别

工作者奖 个人奖 青年奖
  • 在过去3年内在下列内容之一的杰出贡献: 劳工公平,工作场所平等,团结与联合,改善工作条件,公平工资。
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 鼓励提名各种移民状态或工作许可状况的任何人,受提名者不需要说明这些身份信息。
  • 在2016-2017年中在以下但是不仅限于社会公义有杰出贡献:种族平等公正,性别平等,与工作雇佣有关的开放,移民状态,年龄歧视,贫困等有关的公正
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 我们鼓励提名华裔社区的长者,被边缘化人群或者新移民。
  • 26岁或以下
  • 在2016-2017年终在社会公正任何领域中有杰出贡献
  • 我们鼓励提名社区中被边缘化的青年,如:同性恋者,转性者,新移民,在贫困线下的人,或因为身份问题或语言障碍无法使用社会服务的人士
  • 他们贡献的影响层面
  • 提名者不需要是青年

提名将对整个大多伦多开放,我们不接受自我提名,平权会多伦多分会员工和服务华人机构联会劳工委员会的成员没有提名资格。

往届该奖项的获得者有:

Kristyn Wong-Tam (2013), 以表彰她作为多伦多市议员和一个为社会公正倡权人士的接触贡献。
Beixi Liu (2015), 以表彰他作为一个工人运动组织者和活动家的不知不倦的努力以及他对工人权利尤其是为华人移民工人的权利的努力.
Daniel Yau (2016), 以表彰他作为法律工作者服务华人社区多年以及主导“华人餐馆工人的酸甜苦辣”报告的采编

如何提名:

  1. 填写提名表(下載表格
  2. 用250字或一个2分钟的视频来解释介绍你想提名的人以及他们为何应该得此殊荣。
  3. 发邮件到info@ccnctoronto.ca或邮寄完成的表格到下面地址:Re: CCAA Nominations
    Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
    1911 Kennedy Road Unit 105
    Toronto, Ontario M1P 2L9 Canada

提名截止日期: 2017年12月5号 星期二下午5点

Access to Justice: Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers (2017)

By |October 6th, 2017|Event|0 Comments

Access to Justice: Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers (2017)

Legal training for Service Providers & Front-line Workers

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Place: Workers Action Centre (720 Spadina Ave., #223, M5S 2T9)

RSVP at Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/2tyUQlH) by August 4th.

Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

By |October 2nd, 2017|Press Release & Statement|Comments Off on Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

For Immediate Release

Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) and Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change (COP-COC)

Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

 

October 2, 2017 / Toronto – The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), together with Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC), strongly condemns the mobile game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” for its racist stereotypes. We urge Apple and Google to refuse to carry the game on their mobile platforms, and call on the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ontario Human Rights Commission to sanction the game developer so that no one profits from perpetuating racism.

Chinese restaurants play an important part of the migration history of Chinese in Canada. First generation immigrants experienced considerable hardship, discrimination and racial prejudice when they ran these businesses to support themselves and their families, and to survive in a new country where there were few other economic opportunities that were open to them. The game mocks these real experiences of exclusion and abuse by portraying them in various spiteful scenarios. It includes plots such as dodging immigration officials, in an utterly disrespectful portrayal of the painful history of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Head Tax. It is hurtful to many members of the community who still face overt racism and microaggression on an everyday basis because of historic and ongoing systemic exclusion. Chinese in Canada continue to experience many forms of discrimination and racism in employment, education and in many aspects of their daily lives. The game developer claims that ‘being politically correct is boring’, but in fact is using bigotry to make a profit from the very real pain and suffering of Chinese Canadians.

CCNCTO and COP-COC urge the game developer, Big-O-Tree Games to incorporate an anti-racist policy in its business practice, as many private sector coporations have done, to bring positive influence to the public through video games and rather than perpetuating racism that will hurt not only the Chinese Canadian community but also other racialized and immigrant communities.

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is an organization of Chinese Canadians in the City of Toronto that promotes equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation, and respect for diversity.

COP-COC is a province-wide initiative made up of individuals, groups and organizations working to build community-based capacity to address the growing racialization of poverty – for both First Peoples and peoples of colour – and the resulting increased levels of social exclusion and marginalization of racialized communities across Ontario.

Signed by:
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
Canadian Arab Federation
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Urban Alliance on Race Relations

For more information, please contact:

Alvis Choi
Interim Executive Director
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
Tel: 416.596.0833 (ext. 1)

Amy Casipullai
Senior Coordinator Policy & Communications, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Tel: 416-524- 4950 (cell)