CONFRONTING RACIAL PROFILING
Racism, Policing and Community Responses
** free public forum **
Thursday February 21, 2008
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Holiday Inn Metrotown
4475 Central Blvd, Burnaby, BC
Across from Metrotown Skytrain station
Free underground parking available at hotel
Recent high-profile events like the Maher Arar Commission and Frank Paul Inquiry have drawn public attention to the national problem of racial profiling in policing and the abuse of anti-terrorism practices.
Join us at a free public forum to discuss these issues and talk about community solutions. Representatives from immigrant-serving, Aboriginal, anti-racism and legal rights groups will share their thoughts. We’ll also hear from Charles C. Smith, author of the recently published book “Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada”.
About the book “Conflict, Crisis and Accountability”:
“Racial profiling contributes to mistrust, alienation and a diminished sense of citizenship and…threatens to undermine both the perceived and substantive equality of Canada’s Aboriginal and immigrant/ethnic communities. Charles C. Smith adds to the growing call for acknowledgement of the problem, along with policy initiatives to reverse this harmful trend.”
– Dr. Sheema Khan, Columnist, Globe and Mail
Charles C. Smith is a consultant to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and a Lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He was also Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association and the first Equity Advisor for the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has authored numerous papers on racial profiling, equality and diversity and is also a published playwright, essayist and poet.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC Civil Liberties Association
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
BC Teachers’ Federation
Hospital Employees’ Union