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.

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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.

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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

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

Call to ban racist game “Dirty Chinese Restaurant”

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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)