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COVID and racism – a difficult intersection to interpret and translate


Have you struggled to interpret or translate a doctor’s question to a religious patient? Or, have you ever had to correct a racist statement towards your client in your own translation or interpretation? Or, have you unknowingly translated or interpreted a racist statement without realizing it? How does this affect your own mental health? These are common questions and struggles that interpreters and translators have been facing this year as they support clients through COVID-19 and the racism clients may experience.
To engage and speak openly about these issues, this two-hour dialogue will include small- group and large-group confidential discussions. To develop an understanding on these issues, this interactive webinar will discuss: different forms of racism (behavioural and systemic), microaggressions, intersectional lenses, and some statistical data on anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, and anti-Asian racism before and during COVID-19. These aspects of racism will be discussed as they relate to religion, spirituality, and non-religion as they may or may not come up in the conversation.


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