Point of View

Celebrating Manitoba stories brings Black History Month to life

This year, I asked for and was given the opportunity to tell stories of black Manitobans who are making history right now, and it has really reinvigorated me, Ismaila Alfa writes.

Breaking the black stereotype: CBC Manitoba chat tackles myths

What does it mean to be a black man walking down the streets of Winnipeg? What presumptions are made about women of colour? Ismaila Alfa and guests explore the stereotypes that exist.
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.

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."

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.

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: 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.

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: Egyptian-Canadian playwright talks identity

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

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.

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.

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.

Real Talk on Race: the terminology

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

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.

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.

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.



Sugar Sammy on making fun of other races

Montreal comedian Sugar Sammy says, if you're going to make fun of other races, you have to do your research. "If it's not authentic... don't touch it."

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.”



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.

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.