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  • Jephte Bastien

    Minority communities 'too niche' for Quebec TV and film

    by Melissa Fundira

    Jephté Bastien was disheartened to find the Quebec film industry wasn’t opening many doors for him, despite being an award-winning filmmaker. He soon realized the films he wanted to make — about minority communities — weren't considered Quebec films.

    Posted: Apr 02, 2016 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 08, 2016 5:05 PM ET
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  • Sazini Nzula with sons Jayden and Ethan Koorengevel

    Audio Real Talk on Race: 'Race has taken on new meaning,' says mother of 2 sons with autism

    by Shari Okeke

    Sazini Nzula, a mother of two sons with autism, says for many Montrealers of African descent, autism is associated with stigma, isolation and shame.

    Posted: Mar 31, 2016 1:16 PM ET read comments audio
  • Marcus Youssef

    Real Talk on Race: Egyptian-Canadian playwright talks identity

    by Claire Loewen

    Canadian playwright Marcus Youssef is working to help teens understand a mixed cultural perspective within a western one.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 7:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2016 8:18 PM ET
  • Montreal City Hall in fall

    Where visible minorities live in Montreal

    Hover over the municipality or borough to see its top three visible minorities living there.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 6:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2016 10:17 PM ET
  • Nantali and Melissa

    Real Talk on Race: Thank you for being real

    by Nantali Indongo

    As our special series comes to an end, we'd like to say thanks to those who shared their stories on our platforms, gave their insight and feedback before the series launched and everyone who participated in the project as guests, contributors and engaged audience members.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 5:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2016 11:25 PM ET
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    Audio 3 young Quebec filmmakers talk about diversity

    As part of the project Real Talk on Race CBC Montreal's arts program, Cinq à Six invited three young Montreal filmmakers from different backgrounds to talk about what they're working on, their challenges, successes and concerns in the context of contemporary Montreal culture.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 12:00 PM ET audio
  • Mahad

    Real Talk on Race: Consequences of exclusion

    Mahad Al Mustaqim was 15 when he was arrested for the first time. The Somali-Montrealer felt excluded by Quebec society, and felt he could not overcome the challenges of poverty and discrimination.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2016 11:11 AM ET
  • Maka Kotto and Saul Polo

    Audio Race and Politics: Why is there lack of diversity at the National Assembly?

    by Ryan Hicks

    At Quebec's National Assembly there are only a handful of MNAs out of its 125 who are not white. Why doesn't it reflect the true diversity of Quebec? And what can be done to change that? CBC Montreal's National Assembly correspondent Ryan Hicks spoke to four people with first-hand experience.

    Posted: Mar 26, 2016 6:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 28, 2016 2:17 PM ET
  • Shari Okeke, Anathalie Jean-Charles, Fabiola Gay

    Real Talk on Race: Colourism and the discrimination from within

    by Melissa Fundira

    Anathalie Jean-Charles first realized her complexion was a problem when, as a nine-year-old, she showed a school picture to her grandmother. "Wow, why on earth are you so dark?'" her grandmother asked. Today, Jean-Charles can identity that moment as colourism.

    Posted: Mar 25, 2016 12:00 PM ET audio
  • surete du quebec

    Exploring the lack of diversity in Quebec police forces

    by Benjamin Shingler

    Quebec's provincial police academy doesn't have "a lot of influence" over whether visible minorities apply to become officers, says a spokesman for the academy.

    Posted: Mar 25, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Mahad al Mustaqim

    Police forces fail when not reflective of diverse population, activists say

    by Sarah Leavitt

    If police forces don't reflect the diversity of the population, they can't properly do their job, says Mahad Al Mustaqim, who works with at-risk youth on Montreal's West Island.

    Posted: Mar 24, 2016 8:21 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016 8:40 AM ET
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  • DAybreak

    Daybreak in Kahnawake as part of CBC's Real Talk on Race series

    As part of CBC's Real Talk on Race series, Daybreak broadcasted live Thursday morning Café Delight, on Old Malone Highway, in downtown Kahnawake.

    Posted: Mar 24, 2016 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016 8:51 AM ET
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    Feature Real Talk on Race: the terminology

    Learn more about the 'Real Talk terms' we've used in our coverage

    Posted: Mar 23, 2016 3:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016 3:35 PM ET
  • YMCA Hayseed Carnival Blackface

    In Depth Real Talk on Race: Blackface performances a hit in bygone Montreal

    by Ainslie MacLellan

    Though many see blackface minstrel shows as a strictly American phenomenon, they were once wildly popular in Montreal, researchers say.

    Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1:30 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016 1:32 PM ET
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  • sq

    INTERACTIVE Quebec's police forces still overwhelmingly white

    by Sarah Leavitt

    Quebec's population may be increasingly racially diverse — but that's not reflected in police hiring. The SQ stands out: Just five of 735 officers hired in nine years are from "cultural communities."

    Posted: Mar 23, 2016 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016 7:57 AM ET
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