When the Black Medical Students Association (BMSA) started at the University of Toronto in 1999, founder Dr. Sean Wharton, was one of only three members.
One of the first things I can remember about moving to Canada (Toronto), was the Molson beer ad: I am Canadian! The slogan was loud, proud and infectious. I wanted to say it and own it with the same gusto.
To be able to eradicate racism from academia, we must first know its history. Canada’s very first university, the Universite de Laval in Quebec, was formed after an order from Queen Victoria, who was otherwise known as the Mother of the British Empire. This same empire amassed its wealth through the labour of enslaved African people, Indigenous genocide and the stealing of inhabited lands. In infrastructure alone, the current state of Canadian academia demands a closer look.