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Why aren’t pharmacy students better equipped to treat BIPOC patients? – Varsity

August 3, 2020

The Minneapolis police’s killing of George Floyd in the United States sparked protests highlighting the issue of systemic racism against Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada is not immune to systemic racism. Consider recent events like Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Black Indigenous woman, falling to her death from her balcony in Toronto after police were called to her apartment; the brutal Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam; and rising anti-Asian sentiment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A significant concern is how racism in Canada intersects with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the communities that are hardest hit by the virus are those that are also racialized and low income. This trend is visible in metropolitan centres such as Montréal and New York City, as well as Toronto.

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