As Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations, I have been active in planning and presenting at CPAMO sessions. I've also had the privilege to have my company perform at the first CPAMO Town Hall. CPAMO is an important project, one which has breathed life into the dialogue between Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists and presenters. It is clearly a sign of the future and an important marker in the rapidly changing world of the performing arts. This book, then, is an important contribution - both because it chronicles a contemporary dialogue and points in the direction the performing arts must go. Yes, as the title of the book suggests, 'a change is gonna come'.
Lata Pada C.M., Artistic Director, Sampradaya Dance Creations
At long last! For the last five years, the Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement in Ontario (CPAMO) has worked closely with a select group of presenters within the Community Cultural Impresarios (CCI) – Ontario Presenting Network. This collaboration created a context in which artists (particularly Aboriginal, people of colour, immigrants and others) have been able to meet with and speak directly to presenters about inclusive community building. At the same time, presenters have been able to speak about the challenges they face, risks they take, and successes they achieve in bringing diverse cultural expression to their stages. The CPAMO process has opened and needs to continue to keep this dialogue alive.
Warren Garrett, Executive Director, Community Cultural Impresarios
This is a timely book. There has been so much change in the Canadian cultural landscape, especially in the performing arts. When I first started Red Sky Performance, I looked for dialogue around diversity and artistic expression, form, and performance. It is now exciting to see the increasing activity by Indigenous artists, people of colour, immigrants and new generation peoples who were (and perhaps still are) considered marginal in their communities and in public spaces where performance takes place. This book captures some of the key moments of this exciting growing dialogue. I've participated as a panelist in two CPAMO sessions with presenters and other artists. Such forums have been very helpful to creating understanding between and enhancing the relationship between presenters and artists. Well done! We need to continue this and align ourselves with an exciting future in the performing arts.
Sandra Laronde | Founding Artistic Director Red Sky Performance
Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action
Anti-Racism in Education: Missing In Action, a book I am glad to be part of, addresses needs across the educational spectrum, from primary school up to and including university, and addresses quite directly the link to our workplaces and to ongoing issues of societal and institutional racism. It also looks at the relationship between education and other systems in which racialized and Aboriginal peoples face on-going challenges, e.g., children’s aid societies and law enforcement. With sections looking at the history of anti-racism in schools and society, with particular focus on Aboriginal/Indigenous issues and Afrocentric pedagogies, and providing through- out an examination of intersectional issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities, this book brilliantly navigates the waters we need to cross in order to engage our students and enable them to be engaged in our communities and workplaces as knowledgeable and active agents for change.
George J. Sefa Dei
Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
Timely. Challenging. Long-awaited. Necessary. These are the words that come to mind when I look at this publication. In Ontario, we've been waiting for a publication like this that speaks to the issues and needs of our members, students in our schools, parents and school systems across the province. Like the rest of Canada, our population and student demographics are changing and it is imperative for us to be able to provide learning environments that meet their needs and offer perspectives on Canadian society that are informative and potentially transformative.
Executive Assistant and Staff Liaison to the Provincial Human Rights Committee
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Law Enforcement and Racial Profiling in Canada
The book is a real treasure trove of information – historical and contemporary - of the relationship between the Canadian state and Canadian racialized minorities. The author explores effectively the impact of that convergence and the use of common strategies and tools of the trade, justified by the same logic of broad brush distinctions and assumptions of proclivity to criminal behaviour based on racial and religious affiliations.
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, and author of Canada's Economic Apartheid: The Social Exclusion of Racialized Groups in the New Century.
Conflict, Crisis and Accountability is essential reading about racial profiling, and is engaging, sensitive, politically astute, and well documented. It focuses on the “hostile interactions between law enforcement/security services and individuals from racialized groups,” and exposes in extensive detail the permanence of a state of crisis in the everyday reality of Aboriginal and racialized persons--a crisis only exacerbated by racial profiling. The author offers a glimmer of hope when he cites the various efforts to change the institutional values and practices of law enforcement institutions, and to influence the behaviours of individual officers.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
Racial profiling contributes to mistrust, alienation and a diminished sense of citizenship and, as Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry recently warned, threatens to undermine both the perceived and substantive equality of Canada's Aboriginal and immigrant/ethnic communities. Now, with this comprehensive research into racial profiling, Charles C. Smith adds to the growing call for acknowledgement of the problem, along with policy initiatives to reverse this harmful trend.
Globe and Mail.
Feminism, Law and Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action
This book brims with insights about the ways in which law has compelled women to resist its burdens and challenge its partialities. The contributors take seriously theorizing and describing inclusive intersectionalities from feminist perspectives. It is a must read for well-informed scholars and activists, whether legally trained or not.
Professor, Women's Studies and Law at Queen's University,
Co-editor of The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence.
Working with Charles
Charles is a detail oriented analytical thinker with extremely refined facilitation skills in the areas of anti-racism, human rights and organizational change.
Law Enforcement Issues Officer
Association of Black Law Enforcers
Dedicated, hard-working, visionary. A man for our seasons.
Community Cultural Impresarios
For me, Charles is the "go to guy" in Toronto if you want to understand how to reach out with integrity and honesty to our diverse communities in order to foster the creative fusions that make our City so unique.
SONY Centre for Performing Arts
Charles is an individual whom I have known professionally for years as a result of his former positions as the Equity Advisor for both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association and through his consulting work. His expertise in the areas of racism; cultural and linguistic diversity; discrimination; multiculturalism and equality rights is extremely impressive. Charles is adept at identifying and analyzing issues and devising mechanisms for change. His consensus building has proven to be very effective in anti-racism training and policy development. I have recommended Charles to clients who have praised his work and I continue to value his judgment and skill.
Barrister and Solicitor, partner Koskie Minsky LLP; Chair, Ontario Bar Association Equal opportunity Committee; former Chair, Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equity; Board of Director, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Charles has a justly deserved reputation for leading indepth and lasting equity initiatives that have set the standard for systemic change efforts in large and small institutions. He understands how power works in institutions and the resistance that accompanies efforts to challenge discrimination. Charles has developed the skills and knowledge necessary to review complex systems and work with senior leaders to undertake a process of dismantling barriers. Most importantly, his passion for the issues and his eloquent portrayal of the impacts of racism often serve to persuade decision-makers of the necessity of anti-racism organizatinal change.
Anti-racism organizational consultant, co-author Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations, winner of the 2007 Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has benefited enormously from Charles’ years of expertise, research, collegiality and dedication. His book, Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Racial Profiling and Law Enforcement in Canada, is a compelling, information-packed read, and has made a significant and timely contribution to the current debates on justice, equality, law and order, Canadian sovereignty, and security in a post-9-11 world. It is our ongoing pleasure and privilege to have him as a Research Associate.
Education Project, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Charles C. Smith - Fierce and Inspiring:
I was Charles’ student at the University of Toronto , Scarborough from 2005-2007. Having studied cultural pluralism and issues relating to equity in his classes has had a life-changing impact on me. His lectures have not only been inspirational and eye-opening, but have also helped me discover my path and inspired my life decisions. The assigned readings for his courses are mentally stimulating. The most powerful aspect of his classes has been his style of teaching – he motivates his students to challenge what they read and what they experience, and share those ideas by engaging in conversation with peers and the lecturer. Being in Charles’ classes has given a whole different meaning to my educational experience. Now working at Soulpepper Theatre Company, I find the much use for the discussions we have had about cultural pluralism in the arts, and in life.
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Charles and I worked together closely while at the Metro governmentfrom 1985 to 1998. He is one of a handful of access and equity expertsin Canada and has successfully handled clients as diverse as Caribanaand the Law Society. He's as good as it gets.
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Change is tough, especially when it involves hearing things about yourself that you might otherwise choose to overlook. Charles will not let you pass over the challenging issues. The wonderful thing is, that in my experience with Charles, you might be left with the feeling, “Now why didn’t I think of that” but you will never be left with the feeling that you and your organization have been failures. Besides being incredibly smart, Charles acts with integrity, tact and with a profound sense of the strategic. He will leave you ready and able to move on.
Human Rights and Equity OfficeUniversity of Guelph
I can only speak of Charles C. Smith in superlatives. As an equity consultant at the University of Windsor, Charles has been a tremendous mentor to faculty, staff and students over six months of hands-on training, activism and coalition-building. Through his acute analysis and foresight, his mindfulness, skill, diplomacy and tenacity, he has not only helped make this university a better place to be, but has given those of us who care deeply about equity the skills and tools to empower ourselves as we continue to move forward in this important work.
Dr. Richard Douglass-Chin
Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
University of Windsor
I have known Charles for many years since his days at “Metro Council” as the manager at the then equity department. It has always been a pleasure to work with Charles, not only because of his good nature and friendly disposition overall, but more importantly because of his commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression work. While Charles has spent much of his career working with “mainstream” organizations where doing equity work is not at all easy, he has somehow managed to find a way to inject his own principles and analysis into these institutions which – sometimes – do respond to his good counsel and make the necessary change.
Avvy Go Executive Director
Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Over the last two decades or more, Charles Smith and I have travelled down common pathways, each of us searching for social justice and equity. When we first met in the earlier eighties we both worked in voluntary anti-racism community-based organizations. We came together many times when Charles was working with the City of Toronto and the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto as Equity Adviser and when he was an Equity Adviser to the Toronto Law Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. In each of these organizations Charles was a passionate and very skilled change agent. As consultants and trainers we tried our best to assist organizations and institutions address systemic barriers their policies, programs and practices. We both had the opportunity to enter the academy late in our careers and found great satisfaction in teaching our respective students how to be change agents in an unjust world. Our paths crossed again when we both found ourselves researching and writing at the same time about racial profiling in Canada. Charles contributed a wonderful chapter in a book that Frances Henry and I wrote on the subject. While we have not reached our destination as yet, our relationship has been marked by many collegial and collaborative experiences.
Carol Tator Course Director
Department of Anthropology, York University
Our journey together as Anti-racism scholars, advocates, and teachers