For the Record – Cicely Blain

Lya Fichmann – December 5, 2018

On today’s episode of For the Record we talked to Cicely Blain, a diversity and inclusion consultant, facilitator, writer and artist based in Vancouver. 

Statistics Canada released a report last week that says hate crimes targeting black population accounted for 16% of all police-reported hate crimes in Canada in 2017. It has remained the most common type of race and ethnicity related hate crimes. The report also shows that Ontario and British Columbia accounted for much of the increase in the number of crimes against the Black population. 

Blain speaks about the hate crimes in Canada against marginalized people, racism and what can be done to end it.

She has a mixed heritage and is originally from England. She won many awards in her career so far, including the BC Multicultural Awards and the City of Vancouver Inclusion Awards. In addition, she was invited to speak at the United Nations Summit in Ecuador as a member of the Canadian and more recently, as a keynote for the annual Black Canadian Studies Conference.