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BIPOC, support services, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, discrimination, inequality


This research investigates the challenges faced by the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community in Hamilton, Ontario, with a focus on hate crimes, social support, and access to community resources. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, data was collected through surveys administered to twenty-five BIPOC individuals, parents/guardians of BIPOC children, and social service providers. Findings reveal a significant surge in reported hate crimes targeting specific communities, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive action to address discrimination and promote inclusivity. Moreover, the study identifies gaps in awareness and utilization of community resources among BIPOC individuals, underscoring the importance of culturally sensitive programs and services. Internalized forms of discrimination, such as colorism and lateral violence, were also prevalent, emphasizing the need for targeted interventions to foster a sense of belonging. Mental health emerged as a top priority, signaling the necessity for culturally competent mental health services. The research underscores the importance of addressing systemic inequalities and promoting dialogue surrounding race and identity to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for the BIPOC community in Hamilton.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Scott, M. (2024). Addressing disparities: A study of service and resource gaps for BIPOC community members in Hamilton and the surrounding Area [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.


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