Racism is holding us back: Hughes

Ottawa – The cost of racism goes well beyond the implications for individuals to include many negative societal outcomes, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP Carol Hughes.

Hughes delivered a statement on the subject today to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the House of Commons.

“For all our advances in Canada we still have so much to do to combat racism in its many forms,” said Hughes. “Apart from being cruel and unfair, racism has negative social, mental, physical, and economic impacts.”

Hughes says the problems caused by racism affect many aspects of life for so many people on a daily basis. She also connected the day to systemic racism toward indigenous peoples in Canada, calling it a sad part of our heritage.

“As we mark the 140th anniversary of the Indian Act, the current climate of optimism must be tempered with an equal dose of reality,” says Hughes. “Only a true nation-to-nation dialogue will be the foundation of any solutions that address historic wrongdoings.”

Hughes called on elected officials to set the best example as they represent their communities and regions in an official capacity.

“As representatives of our communities and regions we must always challenge ourselves to recognize discrimination and racism in its many forms and do our utmost to combat it through our work, words, and actions.”