Using Canadian Human Rights Processes to Further Racial Inclusiveness
While many academics in human services administration, including Johnson (1996), Ragins (1995) and Daley (2002) have studied the issues involved in managing cultural and racial diversity in human service organizations, there appears to be little consideration in the literature about the possible implications of Canadian human rights legislation for human service managers. In our presentation, we will discuss some of these implications using several key recent human rights decisions related to racial discrimination in services and employment. In particular, we wish to focus on the cases of Mark Smith vs. Mardana (2005), Francis Omoruyi-Odin vs Toronto District School Board (2005), Michael Mckinnon vs Ministry of Correctional Services (2007), and Nassiah vs Peel Regional Police (2007). In these key cases, the evidence of racial discrimination was overwhelming and destructive for the complainants and created poisoned service and employment environments for all persons within these systems. We will consider some of the key implications of these decisions for social service managers and policy makers. We will develop the argument that a careful reading of these cases reveal a set of principles which human services managers can use to develop innovative policies and practices which are more racially inclusive.
Keywords: Racism, Human Rights, Human Services Administration
Assistant Professor, Social Work Program, University of Northern British Columbia
Director, Mediation and Investigation, Ontario Human Rights Commission