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    Although Canada claims to have the best health care system in the world, racialized groups living with mental health issues know that there are some gaps in the system.

    “Covert forms of racism are the worst. I think most people don't even realize that they may be contributing to racism by participating in the system that facilitates it.”  - David "Click" Cox

    On May 31, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the $291.3 million Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. The fund aims to address systemic barriers that many Black Canadian entrepreneurs face when starting and growing their businesses.

    TESSEL is a short film magnifying the stories and lived experiences of 14 Black Canadian dance makers.

    The short film, Blaxites, critically explores how “Big Data” and surveillance technology have blurred the line between safety and privacy, especially for marginalized communities of colour.

    “If you know who someone is, where they come from, and how they’ve shaped themselves to be a human being just like everybody else, your perspective changes,” says Nadia Thompson, Chair of Black History Manitoba (BHM).

    Battleground(18m) is an Escarpment Films documentary short released a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

    It’s hard to feel that you belong to a group if its members constantly remind you that you’re different and not good enough. Written and directed by Black Canadian filmmaker Yasmine Mathurin, One of Ours is a new documentary that portrays the story of a young man whose life is stretched out between his Blackness and Indigenous identities.

    Subjects of Desire is an essay film that dissects and deconstructs the stereotypes surrounding beauty and the power it gives to someone based on how they look. The film, by veteran producer Jennifer Holness, also explores what it feels like when one is deprived of this power. It's playing now at Hot Docs until May 9th.

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