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The commissioner says racist terms must be removed from the public space

The commissioner says racist terms must be removed from the public space

New Brunswick released its report on systemic racism in the province on Friday, months after Indigenous leaders called on the prime minister to scrap the plan.

Manju Varma, the government-appointed commissioner to examine the extent and scope of systemic racism in New Brunswick, has released its final report, after its year-long review.

Among the government’s 86 recommendations, it proposes including removing racist terms from designated locations in New Brunswick, educating elected officials about the meaning of systemic racism, and collecting “race data” in health care.

Last June, the six chiefs of the Wolastoqey First Nation argued that a one-time position for commissioner on systemic racism in New Brunswick would be a waste of money, because such a commission would not have the requisite independence.

Around the same time, a senior political advisor to the commission resigned, arguing that “external forces” were limiting its independence.

The government announced in March 2021 that it would commission a report on systemic racism in the province. Ms. Varma was then appointed in October 2021 for a period of one year.

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