Reflections from London’s Community Forum on Racism

On September 17, members of the London community gathered to discuss the issue of racism in the city.

Several members of the CRHESI community were present. James Shelley, CRHESI Co-Coordinator, shares some of his reflections on the event in a recent blog post, ‘When Inclusivity is Exclusionary.’ The post gathers together some points from the discussion (both live and on Twitter) and ponders how the language of inclusion is inherently related to power and privilege.

Mayor Matt Brown also issued a statement after the event. ‘We will devise an action plan to work with our community to combat racism in London. It is important for us to address this as it is, an anti-racism strategy,’ he said.

In other developments, London’s Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee (LDRRAC), organizers of the September 17 forum, received approval from City Council to change their name to the Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee (DIAAC).

Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate is holding a public community meeting in London sometime in October.

Stay tuned for further material, follow-up, and video related to the September 17 forum over the coming weeks.

Abe Oudshoorn Named Western’s 2016 Humanitarian of the Year

Abe Oudshoorn, member of the CRHESI Steering Committee, has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Western Humanitarian Award.

Abe Oudshoorn is Assistant Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, the Department of Psychiatry Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute. Having worked as a nurse with people experiencing homelessness, Abe’s research focuses on health, homelessness, housing policy, and poverty. Outside of the University, Abe has the privilege of chairing the London Homeless Coalition, is a board member with the United Way of London & Middlesex, and sat on the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty.

Peggy Sattler, MPP for London West, stood to acknowledge Abe’s achievement in Provincial Parliament.

On behalf of all of us at CRHESI, a big congratulations to Abe for all your hard work and dedication to our community.

Narrative Mobilization to Address Social Issues (Friday, September 16, 9am)

If you collect stories at the community or academic level, and if you have used this type of knowledge to change policy or programs in London, let’s talk!

We are hosting a workshop to investigate effective practices and strategies for narrative mobilization. A number of CRHESI members are developing an application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council pertaining to the use of narratives, and we would love to hear your stories about how you have used narratives in your work. This is also a space to chat about potential avenues for further partnership.

Friday, September 16, 9:00am – 11:00am
Innovation Works, 1st Floor, 201 King Street, London, Ontario

Please direct RSVP and questions to


Attention: Graduate Students (September 23, 5:00pm)

Graduate students: come join us for a relaxed and low-key evening to learn about the many exciting opportunities for plugging into the CRHESI ecosystem.

Friday, September 23, 5:00pm | RSVP to
@ Innovation Works, 2nd Floor, 201 King Street, London, Ontario

Refreshments provided. Also, please join us after the session at Olive R. Twists (Covent Garden Market) to chat further and network informally.

Responding to Family Violence in the Context of Migration (Video Learning Resource)

This video captures some of the key themes and questions emerging from the June 29, 2016, forum, Responding to Family Violence in the Context of Migration. The forum was co-presented by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration, the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.

We are pleased to share this video in hopes of generating a wider discussion and deeper understanding of this issue in our community. Watch now.