Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

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About CABR

In 2020, Toronto Community Housing established a Confronting Anti-Black (CABR) Strategy team to develop a company-wide confronting anti-Black racism strategy. The strategy aims to identify systemic barriers and provide recommendations to address anti-Black racism issues embedded in Toronto Community Housing's (TCHC) policies, programs and service delivery, and help create a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for tenants and staff.  

The report is scheduled to go to the Board of Directors in 2021.

What is anti-Black racism?

Anti-Black racism is defined as the policies and practices rooted in Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and/or discrimination directed at people who identify as Black and are part of the African diaspora. Anti-Black racism continues to be rooted in Canadian institutions, policies and practices to the point where it is normalized or invisible to the general population. 

For our purposes, it is how Blackness impacts your experience as a Black person living in TCHC. As an employer and a social housing provider, Toronto Community Housing must acknowledge and address systemic barriers affecting tenants and staff. 

By taking action, we are working towards becoming a more inclusive employer and social housing provider.

Talk back sessions

You are invited to participate in the TCHC's talk back sessions to hear updates about the CABR strategy and hear from President and CEO Kevin Marshman and the senior management team. Download a PDF version of the poster for more information about the event. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the talk back sessions will be held online. 

Session
​Date
​Time
Session 1
​Thursday, November 12, 2020
​6 to 8 p.m.
Session 2
​Tuesday, November 17, 2020
​6 to 8 p.m.
Session 3
​Wednesday, November 25, 2020
​6 to 8 p.m.

How to sign up

Tenants can register for the event by using the RSVP form on the events calendar or call the Client Care Centre at 416-981-5500. To access the RSVP form, click a session date, and you will be redirected to the events page. Click the RSVP button on the page to access the form. 

Tenants only have to attend one session. All the sessions will be presented in the same format. 

Do you have a question for our President and CEO or the senior management team members?

We have allocated time during the meeting for a Q&A session. During this session, we will be answering pre-submitted questions. We welcome tenants to send in their questions. If you have a question for our President and CEO or senior management team members related to the CABR strategy, email your questions to cabr@torontohousing.ca or call the Client Care Centre at 416-981-5500.

Tenant engagement sessions

The CABR Strategy team is hosting tenant sessions in November and December. These meetings will be conducted in small groups (up to 15 participants) to facilitate meaningful conversations on anti-Black racism issues at Toronto Community Housing and shape the CABR strategy plan.

The purpose of these sessions is to:

  • discuss insights and systemic barriers faced by Black tenants living in Toronto Community Housing; and 
  • identify cultural, organizational, structural, and policy changes needed to implement a CABR strategy across Toronto Community Housing. 

Get involved

We must all take a role in shaping the CABR strategy and identifying and eliminating systemic barriers at Toronto Community Housing.

The CABR Strategy plans to engage with Black tenants through various channels, including WebEx sessions, phone calls, online submissions and other tools that work for tenants.

If you're a Black tenant looking for more information on how you can get involved or if you want to host a session in your community, you can contact the Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Strategy unit at cabr@torontohousing.ca

Board reports and presentations

Contacts

Evelyn Amponsah - Manager, Strategy Development, CABR
Phone: 437-230-0229

Safia Hirsi - Business Planner, CABR
Phone: 416-558-3490

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