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Chelby Daigle

'Nothing really surprised me!'

Chelby Daigle, the author of Thursday's report into anti-black racism in Ottawa, told CBC's All In A Day that few of the report's findings came as a surprise. (CBC)

"We have to recognize that [anti-black racism] is something we might do unconsciously," Daigle said. "And the only way we're going to strategize to make things healthier .... is to name it and understand it."

Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Chelby Marie Daigle is the Editor in Chief of Muslim Link and the author of the recent report Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa by the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP).
  • She is also the daughter of a deportee.
  • She successfully crowdfunded to have the chance to visit her father for the first time in Nigeria.

From an article:

Police, school boards and other key Ottawa institutions are eroding trust within the city's black community because they aren't properly acknowledging the existence of anti-black racism, according to a new report.

Anti-black racism has been studied for decades in different Canadian cities, said Daigle, but there have been few concrete steps taken to address it

Demographic data on Ottawa's black community found in a new report into systemic anti-black racism released on Feb. 23, 2017. (Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa) "So many incidents have happened in Ottawa, but there hasn't been an inter-generational transfer of that knowledge," said Daigle. The report includes dozens of recommendations aimed at city police, school boards, social service organizations and local media. A sample: