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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
  • three filmakers

    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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  • Sugar Sammy

    Sugar Sammy talks race, comedy, Marine Le Pen and blackface

    by Melissa Fundira

    Sugar Sammy spoke with CBC Montreal's Daybreak about growing up in Côte-des-Neiges, Marine Le Pen's controversial stance on multicultural societies, making fun of other races and blackface in Quebec.

    Posted: Mar 22, 2016 8:04 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016 7:01 AM ET
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  • Real Talk on Colourism

    Tuesday March 22, 2016

    Audio Real Talk on Colourism

    Haitian-Montrealers Anathalie Jean-Charles and Fabiola Gay, and Daybreak's Shari Okeke recount the moments they realized their complexion was seen as too dark — or enviously lighter — than others in their community.

    Listen 12:15
  • Meryem Saci

    Video Music a bridge between identities for Meryem Saci

    by Ainslie MacLellan

    Montreal singer-songwriter-emcee Meryem Saci tries to blend her North African roots and other African influences with her North American hip-hop upbringing.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 7:31 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 9:40 AM ET
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  • borough certificates

    Interactive City of Montreal falls short on visible, ethnic minority hiring targets

    by Sarah Leavitt

    The City of Montreal admits it's still short of its goal of hiring a third of new employees from Montreal's visible minority or ethnic communities.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 5:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 6:04 AM ET
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  • Meryem Saci defies typecasting

    Monday March 21, 2016

    Video Meryem Saci defies typecasting

    Singer-songwriter and hip-hop artist Meryem Saci says defining her identity is never a one-word answer.

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  • Real talk on race CBC Montreal group

    Anti-Racism Action Week begins with live CBC Montreal broadcast

    As part of its 'Real Talk on Race' series, CBC Montreal News will broadcast live at 6 p.m. from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the launch of Anti-Racism Action Week 2016 where a new anti-islamophobia initiative with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation will be announced.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 5:00 AM ET
  • Clara Chase and Emma Bronson

    Audio Mixed-race students fed up with classmates' racist 'jokes'

    by Shari Okeke

    Clara Chase and Emma Bronson, students of mixed race, attend different private schools in Montreal, but both say they hear racist 'jokes' too often.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016 9:22 PM ET
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  • Kassaye MacDonald and Manuelle Alix-Surprenant

    Real Talk on Race: How transracial adoptees find their identity

    by Melissa Fundira

    For adoptees Kassaye MacDonald and Manuelle Alix-Surprenant, growing up in Quebec was a happy experience. But as transracial adoptees from Ethiopia and South Korea, growing up in white families and predominantly white neighbourhoods made for a complex relationship with their racial identity.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2016 8:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 20, 2016 9:04 PM ET
  • Nakuset baby picture

    Children of the Sixties Scoop tell their stories

    This week, CBC Montreal launched its series Real Talk on Race. Part of the series has focused on the Sixties Scoop — the government-imposed initiative that allowed First Nations children and youth to be adopted by families across Canada.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2016 1:53 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 20, 2016 3:51 PM ET
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  • Zeeta Maharaj

    Does resumé whitewashing work?

    by Marilla Steuter-Martin

    If Lamar J. Smith and L. James Smith have the same qualifications and apply for the same position, who is more likely to get called back for an interview?

    Posted: Mar 20, 2016 7:43 AM ET
  • panel on race in quebec

    Montrealers tackle racism, identity in weekend workshops

    A series of workshops in Montreal this weekend looked at racism and identity in Quebec.

    Posted: Mar 20, 2016 6:49 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 20, 2016 3:59 PM ET
  • Real Talk on Race:  'We need to keep having these conversations,' says Emilie Nicolas

    Saturday March 19, 2016

    Video Real Talk on Race: 'We need to keep having these conversations,' says Emilie Nicolas

    Emilie Nicolas talks to CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec about inclusion and diversity in Quebec.

    Watch 3:01
  • Meshama

    5 'Real Talk on Race' stories that got you talking on Facebook

    This week, CBC Montreal launched its two-week series 'Real Talk on Race.' Since then, you've been joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and by email. Here are five 'Real Talk on Race' Facebook posts that got you talking with some of your comments.

    Posted: Mar 19, 2016 5:00 AM ET
  • Part 2 of Real Talk on Race: diversity in arts and culture - solutions

    Saturday March 19, 2016

    Audio Part 2 of Real Talk on Race: diversity in arts and culture - solutions

    Working towards more diversity in the arts and culture, our three panelists talk about ways to make the industries more inclusive and what is working to make that happen right now.

    Listen 11:05
  • Part 1 of Real Talk on Race: diversity in arts and culture - problems

    Saturday March 19, 2016

    Audio Part 1 of Real Talk on Race: diversity in arts and culture - problems

    We spoke with three people working in arts and culture in Montreal who deal with issues of diversity. Rahul Varma is the director of Teesri Dunyia Theatre, Roxanne Robillard works with Diverstité Artistique and Pascal Huynh with the National Film Board.

    Listen 11:38
  • Gage Diabo

    Feeling like a stranger in your own backyard

    by Gage Diabo

    Gage Diabo got his first real taste of life outside the reserve when he began attending CEGEP in Montreal. But he soon began to feel like a stranger in his own backyard when he overheard the hurtful and ignorant things people would say about his community.

    Posted: Mar 18, 2016 3:52 PM ET
  • Rachel Zellars

    The need for mentorship as a woman of colour

    by Rachel Zellars

    As a single mother, PhD student, and woman of colour, Rachel Zellars says her ability to to succeed and be happy is closely tied to the mentorship she has received — mentorship that she believes women of colour owe to one another.

    Posted: Mar 18, 2016 5:32 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 18, 2016 9:12 AM ET
  • Hussein Al Hilli

    Video Iraqi journalist finds peace and acceptance in Montreal

    Hussein Al Hilli and his family landed in Montreal 24 years ago. Since then, Al Hilli says he's found tolerance and understanding.

    Posted: Mar 17, 2016 5:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 17, 2016 10:56 AM ET
  • Nina Segalowitz

    Video Sixties Scoop still not well-recognized, aboriginal adoptees say

    by Ainslie MacLellan

    The history of aboriginal children being adopted into non-aboriginal families is still not well-known in Quebec, despite class-action lawsuits launched in other provinces and mentions in the Truth and Reconciliation Report Commission report.

    Posted: Mar 16, 2016 7:29 PM ET video audio
  • Hera Chan

    Video Model minority myth: Can positive stereotyping ever be a good thing?

    "You're Asian, you must be good at music, you should be good at martial arts, you should be good at school." Those are some of the stereotypes dentist Glen Hoa heard as a young Montrealer of Vietnamese descent. But what some call positive stereotyping can also be seen as harmful.

    Posted: Mar 16, 2016 4:19 PM ET video
  • Questions you wish people would stop asking you based on how you look

    Wednesday March 16, 2016

    Video Questions you wish people would stop asking you based on how you look

    Montrealers talk about the questions and assumptions put forward based on their looks, as part of our Real Talk on Race series.

    Watch 1:01
  • Stephen Puskas

    How one Inuk man's parka connects him to his community

    by Stephen Puskas

    Back home in the North, Stephen Puskas didn't think much about his parka. But when he walked around Montreal, it gave him a sense of a belonging in a community that's spread out across the city.

    Posted: Mar 16, 2016 5:00 AM ET
  • Point of view Nakuset real talk on race

    Sixties Scoop adoptee recounts growing up in Jewish Montreal family

    by Nakuset

    My parents chose me out of a catalogue of First Nations children. It was the trend in 1970 to offer First Nations children to non-Aboriginal homes — a government imposed initiative which has become known as "the 60's scoop."

    Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 1:31 PM ET
  • Real Talk on Race: Life after the Sixties Scoop

    Tuesday March 15, 2016

    Audio Real Talk on Race: Life after the Sixties Scoop

    Daybreak speaks with two survivors of the Sixties Scoop, Nina Segalowitz and Lionel Kalisky, about what it was like to be among the 20-thousand First Nations, Inuit and Metis children who were taken from their homes and put up for adoption.

    Listen 20:36
  • Eyob family

    'Life outside of blackness': Montreal family reflects on race, identity

    by Ainslie MacLellan

    Race, ethnicity and religion are all intertwined for the Eyobs, a Montreal Ethiopian-Jewish family. But the experience of being black differs for each generation.

    Posted: Mar 14, 2016 5:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 6:40 PM ET
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  • Méshama Eyob-Austin on being black

    Monday March 14, 2016

    Video Méshama Eyob-Austin on being black

    Jewish-Ethiopian-Jamaican Montrealer Méshama Eyob-Austin describes her love-hate relationship with her dreadlocks as a child.

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  • 3 generations of Eyobs on race and identity

    Monday March 14, 2016

    Video 3 generations of Eyobs on race and identity

    Malefiya Zeleke, her daughters Hirut and Eleni Eyob and Hirut's daughter Méshama share a Shabbat meal and talk about how their colour and their Jewish faith affect their lives in Montreal.

    Watch 4:41
  • Day's Lee

    Chinese or Canadian? One Montrealer's identity crisis

    by Day's Lee

    I remember my first identity crisis like it was yesterday. I was about eleven years old and watching a Habs game. The Canadians scored. I cheered. My parents asked who was winning. “We are!” I said. My parents laughed. “That’s not us. We’re Chinese.”

    Posted: Mar 14, 2016 3:37 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 10:52 AM ET
  • How does race affect you in your daily life?

    Monday March 14, 2016

    Audio How does race affect you in your daily life?

    Alain Bastien and Zeeta Maharaj join Shawn to talk about work, CVs, cars and prejudices - as part of the Real Talk on Race series.

    Listen 47:38
  • Sachin and Mara Tartamella

    Tartamella twins are proud of their Indian and Italian mixed-race identity

    by Shari Okeke

    People often tell Sachin and Mara Tartamella that he looks Indian and she looks Italian. The 11-year-old twins say they're proud to be both. CBC's Shari Okeke spoke to them as part of our new series exploring race in the city.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 8:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016 8:31 PM ET
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  • Dania Suleman

    The weight of the veil: One Muslim Montrealer's perspective

    by Dania Suleman

    I never decided to stop wearing the veil, I just didn't have the energy to continue wearing it at the time. I myself wanted a bit of my anonymity and didn't feel like being the object of media debates all the time.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 8:15 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 3:23 PM ET
  • Coltrane McDowell

    Growing up as the white minority

    by Coltrane McDowell

    As a child in Sub-Saharan Africa, Coltrane McDowell was very aware of his own "whiteness." In Montreal, where his skin colour made him less conspicuous, he became more and more aware of the role his minority status played in his life.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 8:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 5:49 PM ET
  • Svens Telemaque

    Video Fitting the stereotype doesn't disqualify you from greatness

    by Svens Telemaque

    Arrested six times in his youth for drugs and weapons, Svens Telemaque once fit an all-too-common stereotype. But now he's working to arm others with the knowledge that you don't have to be confined by your past and other people's perceptions.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 8:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 10:43 PM ET
  • Real talk on race editors conversation

    What's behind CBC Montreal's series

    This week, CBC Montreal launches its "Real Talk on Race" series. For the next two weeks, across all platforms, you'll be able to hear, see and read stories about racial identity in Montreal and what we understand, think and feel about race.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 8:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 10:01 PM ET
  • Real Talk on Race CBC Montreal blank backgroun

    Real Talk on Race | Point of view

    As part of our series Real Talk on Race, CBC Montreal asked 10 people to share their personal stories about race. These stories are in their own words.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 7:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 18, 2016 4:16 PM ET
  • Battle of Saint-Eustache

    Analysis Why teach history? The battle over Quebec's high school history curriculum

    by Jonathan Montpetit

    Why teach history? Is it to build common ground? Or is it to keep an ear open to voices long excluded from the mainstream? The debate kick-started after CBC News obtained a copy of Quebec's proposed high school history curriculum.

    Posted: Mar 13, 2016 6:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016 9:12 AM ET
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  • What is it like to be you in Montreal?

    Friday March 11, 2016

    Video What is it like to be you in Montreal?

    CBC Montreal asked people of different racial backgrounds what is was like to be them in Montreal. We then asked them to share a moment when they were treated differently because of their racial identity.

    Watch 1:32

    Education minister promises new history curriculum will be more representative

    The province's controversial new high school history curriculum will be changed to make it more representative of Quebec society, Education Minister Sébastien Proulx said Friday.

    Posted: Mar 11, 2016 5:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 9:17 PM ET
  • Bianca, Val d'Or

    Val-d'Or sees 'hope' after police abuse allegations

    "There's still a lot of emotion going on depending on who you speak to — anger, sadness, maybe a lot of frustration as to how things are going," says an advisor with the Native Friendship Centre.

    Posted: Mar 11, 2016 2:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 9:20 PM ET
  • Ellen Gabriel

    New Quebec history course falls short on First Nations, activist says

    by Benjamin Shingler

    A draft of the piloted curriculum, obtained by CBC News, contains only a single reference to Canada's residential school system, saying they "helped accelerate the decline of indigenous languages."

    Posted: Mar 11, 2016 1:26 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 9:23 PM ET
  • Battle of Saint-Eustache

    New Quebec high school history course called out for lack of diversity

    by Benjamin Shingler

    Teachers and education experts are raising concern that Quebec's newly revised high school history course centres too much around French-English conflict, fails to reflect the province's diversity and makes scant mention of Canada's residential school system.

    Posted: Mar 10, 2016 3:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016 9:24 PM ET
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