首都地区1万多居民的小镇Pembroke最近上了CBC

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就1万多人的小镇,这么多人出来讲遭遇

一个唯一中餐馆的土生土长的华人都站出来说了。




The Ottawa Valley has a racism problem. These people have been living it​

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WARNING: This story mentions racist insults that some readers may find disturbing​


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Priscilla Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Dec 07, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: December 7

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From left to right, Garland Wong, Maria Petrini-Woolley and Duane Gastant' Aucoin. Five people of colour in the Ottawa Valley share how they've experienced racism living there. (Francis Ferland/CBC)
Racism in the Valley is a series of stories stemming from a violent assault on an 80-year-old woman in Pembroke, Ont., earlier this year. CBC Ottawa spoke to Black, Indigenous and people of colour in the region about their experiences, and to local leaders to find out what's being done

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She was walking down a street in Arnprior, Ont. It was 2012. She was pregnant.
Suddenly, a vehicle pulled up and she was soaked.

"They threw a slushie at me and called me the N-word and told me to get out of their town," said 32-year-old Ro Nwosu.
"I remember cramping up and not being able to move … and having to talk myself out of panicking even more because of the baby."
Fast forward to 2015. Nwosu was walking across town to meet her partner after an exam at the Algonquin College campus in Pembroke, Ont.
This time, Nwosu said she was "chased off the road" into a ditch and "called a couple of really choice words" by the driver.
"Fear," said Nwosu. "You know, [I thought], are they going to run me over?"
WATCH | Nwosu recalls the slushie incident and reflects what it's like living in the Ottawa Valley:
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'They threw a slushie at me': Ro Nwosu's story​

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A Black woman living in the Ottawa valley shares what happened to her in 2012 in Arnprior, Ont., and says racism still exists in her community. 1:04
Nwosu isn't alone in these experiences. CBC spoke to five Black, Indigenous and people of colour from the Ottawa Valley, a region stretching along the Ottawa River, who say racism is an endemic problem in their communities, and local leaders need to do something about it.
"I love the valley for the people that I know … but I think people in the valley think [racism is] not a thing — that the valley is untouched by it," said Nwosu, who's lived in the region for 13 years and now calls Renfrew, Ont., home.
To this day, strangers touch her hair and skin when she's out shopping, regularly and unsolicited. A customer at a store she worked at once referred to her as "a slave."
"Do I find that racism has gotten better in the valley as a whole? No. It seems now people are more open about it."

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The 'dirty looks': Duane's story​


The minute Duane Gastant' Aucoin takes out his Indian status card in Pembroke, the "dirty looks" start.
"Nobody says anything to me, but they don't have to. [It's] their body language, their eyes," said Gastant' Aucoin. "[It's] the feeling that you don't belong."
A feeling, he said, that takes him back to his childhood.
Gastant' Aucoin, who's half Teslin Tlingit First Nation and half French Acadian, grew up in non-Indigenous communities across Canada.
"I would avoid going in the sun because I didn't want to tan. I wanted to try to stay as white as possible, because I was so ashamed of being an Indian, being different," he said.
"The racism that I experience here just brings me back to being that little kid."
Here in Pembroke, [racism is] quite in your face.- Duane Gastant' Aucoin
Gastant' Aucoin, 51, moved from Yukon to Pembroke last October to take care of his elderly father.
"Here in Pembroke, [racism is] quite in your face," he said.
That's why he decided to create a Facebook community earlier this year called Ottawa Valley Against Racial Discrimination.
"I was like, I can't be the only one experiencing racism in the Ottawa Valley," he said.
Gastant' Aucoin wears a red face mask with a hand print, made by a Tlingit artist in Anchorage, Alaska. It symbolizes missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
"I get even more dirty looks," he said. "Oh well. It's my little silent protest."

Rejected for being Black: Maria's story​


Growing up in Eganville, Ont., Maria Petrini-Woolley and her sister stood out from the crowd.
One of her earliest memories goes back to Grade 1. As they crossed a street walking home from school, a car stopped and the driver yelled at them.
"Somebody had to call us the N-word," Petrini-Woolley recalled.
Throughout her schooling, she experienced a number of racist incidents and had to involve her parents, the principal and sometimes the police.
It's an everyday occurrence.- Maria Petrini-Woolley
Petrini-Woolley moved to Pembroke last year to be close to her sister and started looking for work.
"I've been told after I attended job interviews in Pembroke that the reason I didn't get the job was because of the colour of my skin," an experience that left her feeling speechless, the 26-year-old said.
"A lot of times, when we speak out, we're the ones who get in trouble, so sometimes I have to simply just bite my tongue."
It slowly wears her down. She's developed anxiety going out to do errands because of the number of times someone has made discriminatory comments toward her.
"It's an everyday occurrence," she said. "There's not been one time where I haven't received a rude comment, a rude stare."

Silent for 60 years: Garland's story​


"Chinaman. Ch--k. Slant eye."
When Garland Wong heard those words as a boy in the 1960s living in Pembroke, he didn't know what they meant.
"'Dad, what does ch--k mean? Or Chinaman?'" Wong recalled asking his father, who owned a Chinese restaurant in town, passed on from his grandfather, who immigrated to Canada by boat in the 1930s.
My dad used to say, 'Garland, just take it.'- Garland Wong
His father said he didn't know either. Eventually, Wong said his dad began to understand "what this culture was all about," but advised him to let the stereotyping and racism slide — from job rejections to getting picked last for sports.
"We didn't want to make waves with the local people," said Wong. "My dad used to say, 'Garland, just take it.'"
WATCH | Wong talks about how he's going to break his silence:
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'I've been quiet for 60 years': Garland Wong's story​

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An Asian man who was born and raised in Pembroke, Ont., says he's no longer staying silent about racism in his community. 1:14
Wong believes he's probably Pembroke's oldest Asian resident who was born and raised there.
For the first time in 60 years, Wong decided to speak out about racism in his community. The trigger was the attack on 80-year-old Nga Doan in August. Three teenagers were later charged.
"You don't think it's going to happen in the Ottawa Valley," said Wong. "When I heard she got assaulted that night, that upset me."
He was also bothered by his own silence on the issue.
"I kept quiet for 60 years," he said. "I just kept my mouth shut."
Wong said he's "in disbelief" that racism is still in his community.
"I have grandchildren now. I don't want them to wait 60 years for this [to change]."

Not 'Black enough': Harry's story​


"Can you say the N-word?"
Growing up in Pembroke, Harry Alorgbey Sardina said he was asked that question several times.
"It was subtle," he said about the racist microaggressions against his identity.
"I was always told that I wasn't Black enough," he said. "I was seen as someone who didn't fit 'the role' … because I was smarter or I don't talk a certain way."
If I was to be the stereotypical, young, Black male ... I would get treated equally as bad.- Harry Alorgbey Sardina
Alorgbey Sardina said he felt "sheltered" from the more aggressive racism he knows other Black people in the valley experienced, but describes his experience as a "double-edged sword."
"On one end, I'm being told I'm not Black enough," he said. "Then the other end of that, if I was to be the stereotypical, young, Black male growing up and kind of act in those ways in a small town like Pembroke, I would get treated equally as bad."
Alorgbey Sardina, now 19 and attending Western University in London, Ont., said it's better there.
"I feel like people here see you as a student before they see you as who you are [on the outside]."
 

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Ottawa Valley mayors speak out about racism in their towns​

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While some municipal leaders accept it's a problem, others deny racism is systemic​


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Priscilla Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Dec 08, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 29 minutes ago

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Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay is vowing to create a diversity committee to help educate people in the Ottawa Valley community about racism. (Francis Ferland/CBC)
Racism in the Valley is a series of stories stemming from a violent assault on an 80-year-old woman in Pembroke, Ont., earlier this year. CBC Ottawa spoke to Black, Indigenous and people of colour in the region about their experiences, and to local leaders to find out what's being done.

Several Ottawa Valley mayors say the stories about racism coming from their communities are "disgusting," "appalling," and "extremely distressing" — but not all believe the problem is systemic.
CBC spoke to five Black, Indigenous and people of colour from the Ottawa Valley who say racism is a problem in their communities. The stories stem from an incident in Pembroke, Ont., in August, when 80-year-old Nga Doan was assaulted by teenagers at her home.

"There is racism," said Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay. "It is an issue [here]."
Shortly after the assault on Doan, LeMay vowed to do something about racism in the city of about 14,000. In October, he held the first mayor's diversity roundtable, where residents shared their experiences.
"I was disappointed, but the stories were so important," said LeMay, recalling one Asian man, born and raised in Pembroke, opening up about racism for the first time in 60 years.
"At the roundtable, in tears, it was the first time where he was able to express [those] incidents," said LeMay.
To the people doing it, grow up.- Arnprior Mayor Walter Stack
As a result of the roundtables, a diversity committee will be created to collaborate with school boards, hospitals, police and other agencies, with the goal of educating people about racism.
"It's a start," said LeMay.

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Ottawa Morning0:00Pembroke working to create diversity committee to address racism
After a violent assault on an 80-year-old woman last summer, Mayor Mike LeMay says his city is working to create a diversity committee to educate people about racism in collaboration with school boards, hospitals, police, and other agencies. 0:00

'It's up to us'​

"To know that in our beautiful little community that people of colour would be treated like this is just unacceptable," said Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy, calling the stories "extremely distressing."
Murphy said Renfrew County, where her township is located, is reviewing its hiring practices to boost diversity. Murphy said she's also interested in learning more about unconscious bias training for her staff.
WATCH | Mayor urges residents to share racist incidents with her:
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‘Now is the time to reach out and be kind and loving to one another’​

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Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy is encouraging residents who experience racism to reach out to her with their stories. 1:08
"Using the N-word is absolutely appalling," said Murphy in response to a community member's story from Eganville. "As community leaders, it's up to us to be working toward ending systemic racism."

'No racism issue,' says mayor​

Renfrew Mayor Don Eady said while there may be isolated incidents, "there is absolutely no racism issue" in his town, at least to his knowledge.
"I find it very disturbing to think that would even happen in our town. I've certainly never been made aware of it by anyone," said Eady.
He said he has "zero tolerance whatsoever" for racism, and if an official complaint is made to the city, he'll look into it.
"To me this is very, very new," he said. "There's two sides to every story, so we have to be careful that when we get a complaint, it's 100 per cent legitimate."

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A sign at the edge of Renfrew, Ont., bids visitors to the eastern Ontario town farewell. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)
Arnprior Mayor Walter Stack said while he doesn't believe racism is systemic in his town, he's disappointed with the stories coming from the valley.
"I find it disgusting, to be honest," said Stack.
He said his council needs to start thinking about how to best educate people in town about racism, and apologized to those in Arnpior who experienced it.
"To the people doing it, grow up."
 

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越是偏远的小地方,越闭塞,歧视越严重。Pembroke好像有几个犹太人开的厂都倒闭了,以前很久一阵子都外包给中国工厂,后来干脆倒闭。比喻我以前买过的烧水的 Electric Kettle, Superior Electrics Ltd.
所以怪中国不奇怪
 

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我早就说过,Ottawa以西的几个小镇以Smith falls为中心从北到南都是红脖子村。
 

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越是小地方人,白人至上的优越感就越强。
 

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Renfrew那个市长还装聋作哑的,没有听说啊
 

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cbc左媒,fake news
哦,还有,如果Trump连任,种族歧视这种事情会越来越少,基本消失的 lol
 

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看名字记者应该是韩裔,会五国语言, 牛。 1607450765047.png
 

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以前有个同事是菲律宾裔,来时父母带他落脚在smithfall, 学校没问题,回家路上经常被本地人打,他告诉我小时候常哭着问妈妈为什么被欺负。
现在成人了住在巴村,绝不去小城市。
 

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以前有个同事是菲律宾裔,来时父母带他落脚在smithfall, 学校没问题,回家路上经常被本地人打,他告诉我小时候常哭着问妈妈为什么被欺负。
现在成人了住在巴村,绝不去小城市。
听越南人说7080年代,小点的地方,在学校里就是被欺负对象,不敢吭声
讲实话,政治正确,对少数民族来讲,这些年来是利大于弊,虽然有时也有些用力过猛,不过总体还是好的
 

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这些小地方经济一般就只有一俩个工厂,然后所有服务业都围绕这一俩个工厂。一旦全球化受影响,只有怪外国人。
多年前smith fall hershey chocolate factory 关门搬到墨西哥,整个小镇都垮了,好像现在开始种大麻才缓过劲来。
 
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stittisville 南边 还有 richmond village据说种族歧视也挺严重的 但好多不知情的人还开始在那狂买房
 

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移民多, 红脖子就搬走了,不是不喜欢跟移民住一起,就是房地产价格高了。
现在没地跑了 别的地方太贵 只能守着和外来的硬钢 我就在卡南 但没那么偏 我明显感觉kanata这边种族情绪也越来越高了 其实换位思考也可以理解。。。
 
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