Social Identification of Race in Canada Fact Sheet

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Sansone, G., Adnan, A., Fallon, B., Vandermorris, A., & Crowe, A. (2023). Social Identification of Race in Canada: Fact Sheet. Toronto, Ontario: Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto.

Sansone, G., Adnan, A., Fallon, B., Vandermorris, A., & Crowe, A.

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Overview

Canada’s Indigenous population is rapidly growing, along with the country’s racial and ethnic diversity ⇒ increasing the likelihood of inconsistencies between different measures and understandings of race and identity, which can negatively impact health and other social and psychological aspects of life.

There is a need for more evidence-informed strategies for the collection of racial identity data by service providers ⇒ to assess and monitor racism and discrimination, remove systemic barriers, evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services, and create more equitable systems.

There is no “gold standard” for collecting race-based data ⇒ multiple measures of race, such as social-identification and self-identification, should be used to better capture.

 

Additional Information

Companion Document: Sansone, G., Fallon, B., Vandermorris, A., Adnan, A., & Crowe, A.. (2023). Social Identification of Race in Canada: Policy Brief. Toronto, Ontario: Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto.

Available at: Social Identification of Race in Canada Policy Brief | Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (cwrp.ca)

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