Topic: real talk on race

Minority communities 'too niche' for Quebec TV and film

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.

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

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

Real Talk on Race: Egyptian-Canadian playwright talks identity

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

Where visible minorities live in Montreal

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

Real Talk on Race: Thank you for being real

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Real Talk on Race: Colourism and the discrimination from within

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.

Exploring the lack of diversity in Quebec police forces

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.

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

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.

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.

Real Talk on Race: the terminology

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

What is the history of blackface in Quebec?

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

Quebec's police forces still overwhelmingly white

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."

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

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.

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.

Music a bridge between identities for Meryem Saci

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

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

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.

Meryem Saci defies typecasting

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

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.

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

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

Real Talk on Race: How transracial adoptees find their identity

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.

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.

Does resumé whitewashing work?

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?

Montrealers tackle racism, identity in weekend workshops

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feeling like a stranger in your own backyard

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.

The need for mentorship as a woman of colour

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.

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.

Sixties Scoop still not well-recognized, aboriginal adoptees say

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sixties Scoop adoptee recounts growing up in Jewish Montreal family

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."

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.

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

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.

Méshama Eyob-Austin on being black

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

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.

Chinese or Canadian? One Montrealer's identity crisis

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.”

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Growing up as the white minority

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.

Fitting the stereotype doesn't disqualify you from greatness

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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

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.