Studying last year in California, I was often praised for being a Canadian. I felt proud to be a citizen of a country that so many consider to be a peaceful and progressive utopia of acceptance, but I realized that the Canada they were thinking of is not a reality for many people here. My national identity perpetuates a false and harmful notion–that in Multicultural Canada, racism isn’t an issue. I don’t think it’s fair to continue to advertise Canada in this way, ignoring the at least 9 million Canadians who were victims of racism in 2017 .
Annette Henry, holder of the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, reflects: “When only marginalized people are teaching about colonialism, systemic racism and white supremacy the burden is greater on them. Everyone needs to be involved in education” . This quote illustrates the responsibility that white people have to support those who are marginalized. As Annette Henry takes on this responsibility as a teacher, I take it on as a designer.