'The enslavement of African peoples ... took place in this country in the same way it did in the United States,' says Dr. Andrea Davis, historian at York University.
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Experts say it's time for Canadians to clue in: Canada is not immune to racism.
Singh has urged the federal government to end racial profiling, the over-policing and over-incarceration of Black and Indigenous communities in Canada.
"Have the dialogue, have the discussion, and talk about what is right from wrong. It's really important to take a stand."