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We believe in community and human kindness, and seek to understand the realities of people experiencing racism, discrimination and exclusion. When we change our lenses, we change what we see; so we look through their eyes to see what we’ve never known. As our blinders are lifted, new ways to live, work and relate are revealed. I’m your host, Rosie Yeung (she/her), a Chinese-Canadian immigrant with invisible disabilities, and I’m a JEDI speaker, coach and trainer. Do you also want to see social change happen? Then please join me in Changing Lenses! Each episode is hosted on colonized land that was taken from many Indigenous nations, including the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. I seek Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Turtle Island, and I call upon us all to decolonize our thinking, not just our systems. Learn more on my website, www.changinglenses.ca.

We believe in community and human kindness, and seek to understand the realities of people experiencing racism, discrimination and exclusion. When we change our lenses, we change what we see; so we look through their eyes to see what we’ve never known. As our blinders are lifted, new ways to live, work and relate are revealed. I’m your host, Rosie Yeung (she/her), a Chinese-Canadian immigrant with invisible disabilities, and I’m a JEDI speaker, coach and trainer. Do you also want to see social change happen? Then please join me in Changing Lenses! Each episode is hosted on colonized land that was taken from many Indigenous nations, including the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. I seek Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Turtle Island, and I call upon us all to decolonize our thinking, not just our systems. Learn more on my website, www.changinglenses.ca.

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Canada

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We believe in community and human kindness, and seek to understand the realities of people experiencing racism, discrimination and exclusion. When we change our lenses, we change what we see; so we look through their eyes to see what we’ve never known. As our blinders are lifted, new ways to live, work and relate are revealed. I’m your host, Rosie Yeung (she/her), a Chinese-Canadian immigrant with invisible disabilities, and I’m a JEDI speaker, coach and trainer. Do you also want to see social change happen? Then please join me in Changing Lenses! Each episode is hosted on colonized land that was taken from many Indigenous nations, including the Anishinaabe, the Huron-Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. I seek Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Turtle Island, and I call upon us all to decolonize our thinking, not just our systems. Learn more on my website, www.changinglenses.ca.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep21: Combatting Poverty with Neuroscience, not Financial Literacy, with Emily Heath

9/7/2021
If we see poverty as the result of financial illiteracy, irresponsibility or a lack of self-control, then the blame falls on the person living in poverty, and the answer is to find a job, spend less, and get financial training. Financial literacy education is definitely important, and these programs have their benefits. But knowledge alone does not develop capability and behaviour change, any more than knowing you should exercise leads to going to the gym. So why do the majority of...

Duration:00:41:05

Ep20: All the Single Ladies (are invisible minorities), with Jaime Ho

8/25/2021
We’re single, but we’re not alone. The population of singles are growing in North America – but we’re still a minority group. And like any minority group, we face discrimination and marginalization purely because we don’t have the power of the majority – even more so for single women. If you’re wondering how that could be, you’re probably married. 😊 And your single friends and family need you to hear this episode. Because singlehood isn’t a waiting room for marriage. It’s become an...

Duration:00:42:44

Ep19: Breaking the Bamboo Mold: How One “Model Minority” Did It (and we can too), with Carissa Begonia

8/11/2021
Carissa Begonia is a Filipina-American who left a safe corporate job to start her own business. Until I met her, the only examples I had of entrepreneurs or people following their passions were completely unrelatable for me. Because they were almost all white folks who didn’t have the same immigrant, survival-based, play-it-safe mentality that defined my world. With Carissa, I’d finally found someone who faced similar cultural barriers and self-doubts, whose story I resonated with, who was...

Duration:00:37:12

Ep18: Why Police Record Checks Are More Harmful Than Helpful, with Safiyah Husein

7/20/2021
Many employers are asking where to find and hire “diverse talent”. What they SHOULD be asking is how their recruitment process might discriminate against these candidates once they apply. In this episode, Safiyah Husein, a lawyer and Senior Policy Analyst at the John Howard Society, shines a light on the hidden dangers behind a widely accepted hiring procedure: the police (or criminal) background check. This episode is for you if: Spoiler alert: research shows that police checks don’t do...

Duration:00:45:09

Ep17: So You Say You Want Decolonization? with Jessica Dumas

6/27/2021
If you’re wondering what you can do in bringing reconciliation and decolonization to Canada – this episode is for you. First, we learn what colonization actually looks like. Jessica Dumas of Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation shares personal stories about her family, life experiences, and tragic interaction with police that demonstrate just how effective colonization is. The goal of residential schools was to “kill the Indian in the child”, and it worked. The good news is, we can help...

Duration:00:42:31

Ep16: Awakening her Indigenous Spirit - Fighting Academic Racism, with Jill Featherstone

6/20/2021
“I started learning about residential schools. I started learning about generational trauma and that's when I realized like, okay, there's nothing wrong with us. I'm not broken. There's things that happened that caused us to be living this way. And once I realized that there was nothing wrong with me and with my people, that's when I really started to regain a lot of strength and courage." This special episode is released on National Indigenous Peoples' Day, a day to recognize and celebrate...

Duration:00:44:00

Ep15: An Indigenous Worldview on Wealth - No One Left Behind, with Thomas Benjoe

6/15/2021
Lots of companies have been asking, “What’s the business case for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI)?” Thomas Benjoe turns that around and asks us to think about how JEDI benefits our community and economy, not just ourselves. Thomas is a member of Muscowpetung First Nation, Chair of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO of FHQ developments, a business partnership owned by the 11 member First Nation communities of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council...

Duration:00:42:36

Ep14: "I Can't Achieve My Way Out of This" - Workplace Racism in Switzerland and Canada, with Miriam Njoku

6/8/2021
“I will always be the Black girl first, before Miriam Njoku. I cannot achieve my way out of being seen with prejudice. That's how they view people like me.” In this episode, Miriam Njoku changes our lens to reveal the racism she experienced working and living in Canada and Switzerland. Does that surprise you? These two countries are probably not the first that comes to mind when you think about racism. After all, Canada prides itself on being a haven for many refugees, and Switzerland is a...

Duration:00:39:14

Ep13: Breaking the Chains of Trauma, with Miriam Njoku

6/2/2021
Have you ever been told you can’t do it, or you’re not good enough for something you really wanted? What if you got that message in your whole life starting from childhood? What if abuse or racism you’ve endured created trauma that affects your work or relationships? How do you heal wounds that you can’t see? Miriam Njoku knows the struggle all too well. The abuse that she endured as a child and teenager and the racism she experienced at school and at work caused trauma that would cripple...

Duration:00:42:46

Ep12: What Kind of Person is Your Corporation? – The Case for Equity Diversity & Inclusion – Ali Interviews Rosie

5/25/2021
What do you think is the business case for equity, diversity and inclusion? In business, or even not for profit, should morality or humanitarian reasons play a role? Or should it strictly be about profit and shareholder value? I have some opinions on this, which I apply in my work as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. But as a podcaster, I've tried to keep the focus on my guests' perspectives, until one of my guests asked to switch places with me. Ali Ahmed, whom you heard in...

Duration:00:34:30

Ep11: Immigrants Need Not Apply, with Ali Ahmed

5/19/2021
Ali Ahmed is a professional designated accountant who worked for one of the Big Four international accounting firms before immigrating from Pakistan to Canada. But despite having that professional experience, he couldn't get an accounting job in Canada until he got some "Canadian experience" under his belt. As a former recruiter myself, I can verify that the prejudices Ali describes are real. I’m really glad that he's willing to share with you the unnecessary obstacles he faced in a country...

Duration:00:34:10

Ep10: Season Finale – Are We Ready For Real Change?

12/21/2020
As I reflect back on the first season of the podcast, it’s become clear to me that systemic change starts with personal change. I believe true inclusion and equity requires sacrificing some of our self-interests, like power, position, even profit. The question is – are we willing to make change happen, if it means changing and sacrificing ourselves? In this season finale, I share my thoughts on the “business case” and the costs of true inclusion, equity and diversity; why inclusion policies...

Duration:00:10:59

Ep09: Diversity Isn’t Just Skin Colour, with Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang

12/14/2020
“I think our greatest fear is that people are jumping into it just because it's good opportunity, or it's good PR. As opposed to knowing, and thinking, and believing that this could actually make us all better as a people.” Rev. Dr. Timothy Tang, Director of Tyndale Intercultural Ministries, shares with us what cultural competency means, how it benefits us in life and work, the challenges that practitioners face, and easy (and fun!) ways we can all grow our intercultural awareness. (No...

Duration:00:41:10

Ep08: “Otherwise Good People” in Workplace Discrimination, with Shanaaz Gokool

12/7/2020
“First, in order for racism and discrimination to continue, you need silence. And the second is the 'Otherwise Good People' who won't stand up and support the target of the discriminatory behavior.” Shanaaz Gokool, human rights activist and former CEO, is fighting for freedom from workplace discrimination – for herself, and countless others whose stories we don’t know, because they have been silenced and unsupported. In this episode, Shanaaz courageously shares her personal story of...

Duration:00:45:35

Ep07: Financialization: When Housing is a Commodity vs. a Human Right, with Alyssa Brierley

11/25/2020
What happens when capital markets and individual landlords control access to a fundamental human right? A house or condo has changed from being a place to live, and a shelter for families, into a profit-making business – something to help us retire earlier. Join us as Alyssa Brierley, human rights lawyer, explains the reasons for the global housing crisis, shares real-life stories of tenant eviction and discrimination, and challenges us to put people before profit. In this episode: We...

Duration:00:43:34

Ep06: It’s not Healthcare without Pharmacare, with Doret Cheng

11/10/2020
Did you know that if you don’t have private health insurance, you likely have to pay for life-saving drugs out of your own pocket? Did you know that Canada’s healthcare ranks second last out of 10 countries? Without pharmacare, Canada’s “healthcare” system is NOT universal. In part 2 of our healthcare series, Doret Cheng, a practicing pharmacist and university lecturer on global health, explains why healthcare equality is NOT equity, and how we can afford a national pharmacare program. As...

Duration:00:36:32

Ep05: Not-So-Universal Healthcare: Caring for the Uncared-For, with Doret Cheng

11/2/2020
In this two-part series on healthcare in Canada, we explore (and dismantle) some myths about our “free, universal” system which is so lauded by Americans. Join us for part one, as pharmacist Doret Cheng takes us behind the scenes of a Toronto Family Medicine Clinic, putting a human face to stigmatized patients. If you think that the problems of homeless people and drug addicts are just housing and mental health – it’s time to change your lens. In this episode: Full transcript available...

Duration:00:31:09

Ep04: Hope Amid Darkness, with Dave Addison

10/22/2020
Do you feel overwhelmed, lost, and alone? Are you engaging in unhealthy behaviours to avoid the things you can’t face? Are you struggling to find the energy and motivation to make it through the day? Or maybe, you’re too “on” and can’t switch “off”? Dave Addison and I have both been there in different ways. You are definitely not alone, and most importantly – THERE. IS. HOPE. In this vulnerable episode of the Changing Lenses podcast, Dave shares his personal battle with alcohol...

Duration:00:52:52

Ep03: I Am Canadian Part 2, with Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman

10/8/2020
“Research actually demonstrates that the two most targeted groups or communities in Canada that face discrimination are Muslims and Indigenous people. Polls in the United States have found that…even communities of colour, including Black people and Latino people…have negative views of Muslims or have Islamophobia.” Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, a psychologist specializing in diversity and inclusion, shares more about his personal experiences with religious discrimination, and his ideas for real...

Duration:00:40:53

Ep02: I Am Canadian Part 1, with Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman

9/29/2020
Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, a psychologist specializing in diversity and inclusion, shares his personal experiences of racism and discrimination – as a child, and as professional. We also chat about explaining privilege to White people; being accepted as Canadians; and the “false truth” of multiculturalism in Canada. In this episode: Find out about: Bonus – a piece of Canadian trivia: What’s the provincial flower of Manitoba? If you didn’t know, now you’ll know! Full transcript available...

Duration:00:25:00