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Our COVID-19 Response

In a time when we’re being told to keep distance, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stand together for inclusion.

With the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen fresh attempts to turn Canadians against each other by attacking particular individuals and groups with racist and discriminatory disinformation. These xenophobic and exclusionary sentiments are meant to divide; to fracture our inclusive societies. Their fearmongering floats across borders and aims to form cracks in our society.

We must recognize these attempts, reject division, and embrace inclusion.

Over the coming months, we at the ICC will be taking on this mission. We’ll be sharing stories about how this crisis affects members of our community, tools and tips on how to fight discriminatory information, and ways to stay connected while physically apart. Together, we can build a more inclusive world, online and off.

New and Noteworthy

6 Degrees has partnered with The Walrus Lab to bring you What Do We Do Tomorrow?, a five-episode podcast that tackles some big issues with a simple question. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Featured Articles

We have partnered with The Walrus, a leading Canadian magazine, to bring you weekly articles exploring disinformation and discrimination in the context of COVID-19. Below are a few of these articles; the full list can be found here.

Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson on COVID-19, misinformation, and discrimination

Sejla Rizvic

We spoke with the 26th governor general of Canada and ICC co-founder, The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Canadians, as well as the rise of discrimination and misinformation in the wake of the pandemic.

Racism in Canada’s health-care system was a risk to BIPOC Canadians before COVID-19

Sejla Rizvic

Disparities in social determinants of health like housing, food, education, and income levels stand in the way of achieving a truly equal health-care system, and racialized Canadians — especially those who are Black or Indigenous — are among the most affected by these inequities.

Some internationally trained doctors are being allowed to practise during COVID-19, but what happens after?

Sejla Rizvic

New measures seek to use the untapped potential of international medical graduates, but they also raise the question: Why wasn’t Canada employing this skilled workforce already?

Featured Campaign

Since the pandemic began, there has been a rise in anti-immigrant discrimination. A reaction of fear, brought on by crisis. But in response to fear, we need to choose compassion. In defiance of discrimination, we need to choose unity. This video is our message of unity. It is our thank you to every new Canadian, immigrant, foreign seasonal worker, every frontline worker for your help. In a time when we’re being told to keep a distance, it’s more important than ever that we stand together.

Featured Collaborations

We’ve partnered with the Embassy of Canada to produce a series of conversations between Mexican and Canadian speakers, thinkers, and doers. The second chapter of the Mexico-Canada Dialogues focused on COVID-19 and the value of women.

A short animated video on how to protect yourself from false information. Video made in collaboration with Aude Favre, journalist and creator of the WTFake YouTube channel.