Creating A Community Where Diversity Is Valued
Racism and discrimination in Thunder Bay are important problems that have received national attention; the United Way of Thunder Bay’s (UWTB) Community Report on Racism and Discrimination calls public attention to the issue. Random telephone interviews conducted with 500 people, and an identical online survey completed by 1141 individuals, resulted in a total of 1641 respondents. The need to carry out a survey on this topic came from the work the UWTB carried out through Thunder Bay Counts and the development of a report called the Shared Agenda for Change for Thunder Bay. The Shared Agenda highlights racism and discrimination as issues to which Thunder Bay needs to respond to in a collective and systematic manner.
The Community Report on Racism and Discrimination seeks to draw attention and to promote the tracking of performance-related data in order to measure progress in the future. The goal is to see the reduction of racism and discrimination in future years by developing remedies in areas of identified need. In order to measure progress over time, and to know whether the work the community is carrying out to reduce racism and discrimination is helping, a baseline of data is needed. This report provides that baseline and is a snapshot in time.
Based on the survey results:
- 68% of the respondents rated Thunder Bay as a culturally diverse community (very diverse and somewhat diverse).
- The majority or 87% claimed that racism and discrimination occurs in Thunder Bay and 81% felt people are treated unfairly because they look different from members of the majority.
- 83% claimed that racism and discrimination are serious issues in Thunder Bay and discrimination is perpetrated against particular groups.
The report, which was released on January 25, 2018, and is now available to the public via www.uwaytbay.ca, will help generate needed conversations and can be used as a tool for knowledge building, planning purposes and the facilitation of discussions and collaboration among various groups in order to build a better community by reducing racism and discrimination, and promoting diversity.