Globe and Mail had a cover story three days ago (How Canadian are you?) on the recent University of Toronto study that reveals that the second generation visible minorities are identifying themselves with Canada lesser than their white counterparts.
The sense of exclusion among visible-minority newcomers is not based on the fact that they earn less than their white counterparts. Instead, the researchers found integration is impeded by the perception of discrimination, and vulnerability — defined as feeling uncomfortable in social situations due to racial background and a fear of suffering a racial attack.
This was then followed by a personal account of Mr. Mohamed Dhanani, a second generation canadian son of Tanzanian refugees (Ismaili Muslims of Indian descent). Yale educated Dhanani, with successful business in British Columbia moved to Toronto to pursue his political ambitions. His aspiring political career has a theme to tackle this very issue of immigration and integration.
Today’s Globe follows the theme with a report on the efforts by a group to empower families of visible minorities.
Over the next month, the Toronto Community Housing Corp. plans to experiment with anti-racism circles that would allow tenants, the housing company and social agencies to sit together and talk openly about the barriers to integration.
“There is no textbook to help us out here,” said Keiko Nakamura, chief operating officer for the housing company, many of whose 164,000 tenants are immigrants and refugees. She said the pilot project could
lead to changes in how the TCHC and other agencies offer services to their immigrant clients.