Frances Henry & Carol Tator
Frances Henry is one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism. Since the mid seventies when she published the first study of attitudes towards people of colour, she has consistently pioneered research in this field. Her books include co-authoring the fourth edition of The Colour of Democracy: Racism in Canadian Society. Thomson, Nelson, 2009 that is widely used in universities as a text. This work demonstrates how the 'new racism' here identified with the concept of 'democratic racism' manifests within Canadian institutions. Another recent co-authored book is Racism in the Canadian University, U. of T Press, 2009. Other co-authored books include: Racial Profiling: Challenging the Myth of a Few Bad Apples, U. of T. press, 2006; and Discourses of Domination: Racist in Canada's English Language Press using critical discourse analysis was published in 2002. An earlier book, Challenging Racism in the Arts, University of Toronto Press, was published in 1998.
As part of her specialization in Caribbean anthropology she has also published the only book on Caribbean communities in Canada entitled The Caribbean Diaspora in Toronto: Learning to Live with Racism., University of Toronto Press, 1994. She conducted a three year study of the resurgence of African religions in Trinidad and her book, Reclaiming African Religion in Trinidad: The Sociopolitcal Legitimation of the Orisha and Spiritual Baptists Faiths was published in 2004 by the University of the West Indies Press.
Henry’s most recent work in Caribbean Studies was the publication of a memoir of the life of ‘Pa Neezer’ (Ebenezer Elliott) spiritual leader of the Orisha religion in Trinidad in the mid nineteenth century. It is called He Had the Power: Pa Neezer, the Orisha King of Trinidad An earlier book, co-edited with Dwaine Plaza dealt with Caribbean migration and return migration and is entitled Return to the Source: The Final Stage of the Caribbean Migration Circuit and published by the University of the West Indies Press, 2006.
Now retired as a Professor Emerita from York University in Toronto, she continues an active research and writing career. She has been awarded several research grants in recent years. The latest is from Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada to write a biography of a famous Orisha elder, the late Ebenezer Elliott (Pa Nezer). Dr. Henry has been a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada since 1989.
Along with seven colleagues she is the Principal Investigator of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant to to continue studies of racism in the university.(see current areas of research) Earlier, she had received a grant from the same agency to work on a memoir of a Caribbean spiritual leader which was published in 2010.
She has also published articles and reviews on racism in the justice system and other institutions of Canadian society.
Carol Tator has worked on the frontlines of the anti-racism and equity movement for over thirty five years. She joined the Urban Alliance on Race Relations in the late seventies, serving as president and acting executive director for several years. As a private consultant she has assisted all three levels of government, universities and colleges, all of the former boards of education in Metro Toronto, human service organizations, and various other public sector agencies. She has worked in the areas of the development and implementation of anti-racism policies and programmes, strategic planning, training and research. As an anti-racism and equity trainer, she has assisted staff and management within public sector agencies and institutions acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for ensuring accessible and equitable services in a culturally pluralistic and multiracial society. As a course director at York University, teaching intercultural, anti-racism and equity training skills in the Department of Anthropology, she has provided fourth year students with a body of knowledge and training tools and techniques that are designed to help them become effective change agents in their work as educators, social workers, lawyers, journalists, anthropologists and in many other fields.
Her most recent co-authored book is Racism in the Canadian University (as above). Others include Racial Profiling in Canada: Challenging the Myth of “A Few Bad Apples” (2006. She has also co-authored The Colour of Democracy: Racism in Canadian Society, 4rd edition. (2009) ; Discourses of Domination: Racial Bias in Canadian English-Language Press (2002) and Challenging Racism in the Arts: Case Studies of Controversy and Conflict (1998).