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March 4, 2021, and March 11, 2021 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Webinar: Let’s Talk: Whiteness and health equity

This event took place in English.

Racialized health inequities are present for a wide range of health concerns. These inequities are rooted in structural racism and are a manifestation of Whiteness and White supremacy in public policies and institutional practices.

This session will turn the gaze on Whiteness as a systemic feature and driver of racial inequities. Lifting the veil on Whiteness challenges its “normalcy” in settler colonial states like Canada.

The webinar will be delivered in two parts.

Part 1: March 4, 2021

In part 1 we will discuss markers of Whiteness in health and in organizational settings. Furthermore, we will highlight the impact of Whiteness on health. The session will consider critical Whiteness approaches that are part of decolonizing, anti-racist practice.

We will discuss three broad roles and opportunities for public health to meaningfully address Whiteness:

  • Engaging in institutional change
  • Supporting community-driven action
  • Contributing to changes in public policy

Part 2: March 11, 2021

Part 2 will offer participants an opportunity to participate in group discussions on the material covered during the first session. Participation in Part 1 is required in order to participate in part 2.


Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH Nancy Laliberté, Indigenous health consultant and PhD student, University of British Columbia  Alycia Fridkin, PhD, Equity and anti-racism policy consultant

Related resources

Let’s Talk Whiteness and health equity (2021)