Racism and Canadian Drug Policy (Harm Reduction TO)

January 31, 2021

Much of the information available online about the War on Drugs and it’s disproportionate impact on Black communities is in regards to the United States, however Canada too has a troubling history of it’s own War on Drugs with origins rooted in racism. Harm Reduction TO outlines the Canadian history of racist drug policy on its blog:

In 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination investigated issues within Canada and listed a number of concerns and recommendations. This included collecting more demographic information, implementing a national Anti-Racism strategy, re-examining drug policies, and many more recommendations (United Nations, 2017). The U.N. made it clear that Canada has deeply rooted issues with racial discrimination, and that this is reflected in Canada’s drug policies.

Read the full article: https://harmreductionto.ca/racism-and-drug-policy

For more on the Black History of Harm Reduction, visit www.aidsnetwork.ca/blackhistory