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    PROFILES ON BLACK CANADIANS

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    “I want my children and grandchildren to be proud of themselves, to be in love with what they are and to see themselves everywhere. I don't want them struggling with what I got to struggle with,” says Lisa Julien, a licensed esthetician and a skincare specialist in Ontario.

    (COVER PHOTO: "Mind" Courtesy Alexis Eke)

    The BLACK Legal Action Center (BLAC) is a not-for-profit community legal clinic launched to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism.

    Freelance illustrator Jenelle Lewis is a generation-next creative who burst out of the gates right after high school.

    What does it mean to steer a ship? 

    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.

    “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).

    Attending a full day of lectures, working a minimum wage job that has you on your feet for several hours, then having to complete assignments or study all in a single day can be very draining.

    What is beauty and who sets the universal standard for beauty?

    Ethọ́s Lab is a space providing Black youth with the opportunity to engage with STEM fields and chart a career path in something that interests them. It's a direct counter to the limited access and systemic anti-Black racism within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. According to the Nigerian-Canadian founder of Ethọ́s Lab, Anthonia Ogundele, “There needs to be a greater intersection of culture and STEM to give more opportunities to young people for exploration and experimentation.”

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