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Removing Racial Barriers: Reflecting on the Legacy of the Fred Christie Case


Join us as we mark Black History Month with an interdepartmental forum and retrospective on the 80th anniversary of the Fred Christie Case.

In 1939, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that private businesses had the right to discriminate on the basis of freedom of commerce, essentially legalizing the racism that was part of early 20th‑century Canada. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about this case and its legal, social, and economic ramifications—then and now.

Presented in collaboration with the Government of Canada's Anti‑Racism Secretariat, the event will include a panel discussion with guest speakers from diverse sectors to explore the subjects of anti‑Black racism and legal and social change.

Opening remarks

Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission


  • Anthony Morgan, Lawyer and Manager, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto
  • Richard Sharpe, Co-Founder, Federal Black Employee Caucus

Closing remarks

  • Myrlande Pierre, Vice-President, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
  • Michèle Turenne, Legal Counsel to the President, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse


Nathalie Laviades-Jodouin, Director General, Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, and Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Canada School of Public Service

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