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Across Boundaries recognizes that…

  1. Racism, racial discrimination and oppression impacts on the health and mental health of racialized individuals and communities
  2. Individual and systematic racism/opppression is a barrier to accessing health and mental health care for racialized people
  3. There is diversity among racialized people who, in addition to race, may also be discriminated on account of their religion, language, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, country of origin and citizenship status.

Across Boundaries is committed to:

    • A community development approach that will promote the active participation of racialized people in every component of the mental health system.
    • Challenging systematic racism/oppression in mental health service delivery.
    • Operating within an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework to promote equity and access for racialized people
    • Anti-racism/anti-oppression education and training to assist other health service providers in addressing inequities in service development and delivery


    This framework has three interrelated components:

    1. Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression education and training which goes beyond cultural sensitivity and includes a critical analysis of power relations, personal values, beliefs and attitudes.

    2. Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression organizational change which involves;

    (a) identifying what practices and structures need to be changed
    (b) determining what supports are needed to make changes
    (c) planning and implementing the required changes and
    (d) evaluating, monitoring and institutionalizing the changes.

    3. Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression service delivery - ensuring that service providers are reflective of ethno-racial communities and knowledgeable about issues of race, gender, power and privilege that people of color are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating these services and that services are appropriate to the needs of communities of color.