Updated March 4, 2021
A message from Holland Bloorview’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility (IDEA) Task Force
February is Black History Month. Throughout the month ahead we will be amplifying Black voices in the Holland Bloorview community. The tone of our participation will be both celebratory and reflective. We feel it is important to acknowledge the immense contributions of Black Canadians to this country over the past 400 years, and to our community here at Holland Bloorview, but equally important to look at what we can do to further racial and social justice in the work we do each day. 2020 was a year marked not only by the global pandemic, but by the awakening of so many non-Black communities to the realities of the Black experience. It is our collective responsibility to keep the dialogue going.
What to watch out for this month:
This work is led and overseen by IDEA task force co-chairs, Aman Sium, director, client and family integrated care and Meenu Sikand, executive lead, equity, diversity and inclusion.
In their words
Members of theHolland Bloorview community share their thoughts about Black History Month. Read the story here.
Webinar on anti-racism
We hosted a webinar on anti-racism, presenting on topics including white supremacy, intersectionality, the effect of racist structures and practices on Black peoples, Indigenous peoples, and people of colour, and how to advocate for anti-racist practices. View a recording of the webinar here.
A message from our CEO
Julia Hanigsberg, CEO of Holland Bloorview, shares her reflections on Black History Month in a joint post with Aman Sium, director, client and family integrated care and co-chair of the IDEA task force. Julia and Aman also examine Holland Bloorview’s role in addressing anti-Black racism in support of the children and families we serve. Read the full post.
Virtual events in the community:
Thank you to Dr. Sharon Smile and the Department of Developmental Pediatrics at The University of Toronto for assembling a number of the amazing resources and events listed below.
- UofT’s 2021 Black History Symposium: Honouring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change (Feb 8)
- Ethics of AI in Context: Combatting Anti-Blackness in the AI Community (Feb 9)
- UofT’s Zoom Film Screening: Ninth Floor (Feb 12)
- Holland Bloorview’s Anti-racism webinar (Feb 26)
- Anti-racism Resources for Child and Youth Health Care Providers
- Black History in Toronto
- Black History in Canada: 1960s to Present
- Black Female Freedom Fighters
- Holland Bloorview’s Statement on Anti-Black Racism (June 12, 2020)
- Holland Bloorview Signs BlackNorth Initiative Pledge