How to identify discrimination?
An action or decision that treats a person or group negatively based on their race, age, or disability.
A form of discrimination that involves any form of physical or verbal behaviour that is meant to humiliate or offend.
Discrimination or prejudice against someone based on their race or ethnicity.
What is the impact of discrimination?
Discrimination can impact someone in a variety of ways:
- It leaves people feeling mad, sad, or angry.
- They may have a lowered self-esteem, and start to believe what people are saying is true.
- They may feel alone and scared for their safety.
- It can make people do and act ways they normally wouldn’t.
"When I started school here, there was so much I had to learn..."
"I need to learn English and how to interact in this new environment. I also needed to learn that it was okay to reach out for help if someone wasn’t treating me fairly.
I don’t have to just deal with it or take care of it myself. There are people here who want to help me."
What to look for?
The Canadian Human Rights Act protects us against discrimination. Treating individuals and groups negatively for the following reasons is considered discriminatory:
- Race, colour, or ethnicity.
- National or ethnic origin.
- Sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
How can you help?
How can you make a difference? Make sure that you are being treated the way you deserve and take action.
Talk to a trusted adult. This can be a parent, teacher, counsellor, or through the reporting tool on this site.
It is important to talk to someone as soon as you can, so they can help resolve the problem.
Want to know more?
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Learn more about your human rights and how you can get help.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca