Systemic racism is pervasive in Canada. Data confirming the barriers to equity that Black, Indigenous and other people of colour face have been shared time and time again. But a variety of sectors have been slow to initiate or complete recommended policy measures.

Our neighbour, the United States, is in a profound period of reckoning with its own history of racial inequality. While it’s tempting to compare the two countries, Canadians deserve nuanced, informed, country-specific conversations about race. Anita Li, a media consultant, journalism instructor and advocate for equity in Canadian media, is the guest editor for this feature series of articles, which takes a close look at the obstacles to dismantling systemic racism in Canada.

Photo: Original illustration by Raz Latif, a Toronto-based freelance illustrator focusing on editorial, book, fashion, marketing, and commercial campaigns.