People's Press had a long history of leading anti-racism projects
in North Bay and across Canada. In 2008 it completed a partnership
project with the schools of journalism at Carleton University, Ryerson
University, University of Regina, Concordia University and University
of King's College in Halifax. The project was designed to increase
the numbers of aboriginals and people of colour in Canadian newspaper
organized and coordinated a very successful Northern Ontario Symposium
on Diversity and Race Relations in North Bay in February 2007, attended
by more than 80 race relations' practitioners from Northern Ontario.
A synopsis of that event can be found here.
has coordinated the North Bay area's International Day for the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination project, which includes the Evening of Applause,
Students Who Make a Difference, Human Rights Hall of Fame and anti-racism
poster contest, since 1989. Partners are the four district school
boards, Canadore College, Nbisiing Secondary School, Nipissing University
and Collège Boréal.
2004 Young People's Press led racism studies in North Bay, Timmins
and Sault Ste. Marie and the result of those studies can be found
2007 it forged partnerships with Nipissing University to have students
visit district schools to conduct the cross-cultural simulation, BaFa
BaFa. This project includes international and aboriginal students
visiting schools to discuss their culture.
2007 it partnered with the North Bay Newcomer Network and the City
of North Bay to expand Canada Day celebrations at the waterfront,
to include a reaffirmation of Canadian citizenship ceremony and multicultural
partnered with Nipissing University to expand the International Food
Festival and International Women's Week events in 2008.
had a weekly section in the Toronto Star called Young Street for a
number of years.
busy Toronto bureau won a number of anti-racism awards, including
the prestigious 2001 Award of Distinction from the Canadian Race Relations
Foundation. It also won CultureLink's Diverse City Award 2003 and
the 2000 Harmony Movement's Award of Distinction.
People's Press suspended operations when the North Bay & District
Multicultural Centre incorporated.