Research project: Racial profiling in traffic stops in Quebec

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In this video, chosen as one of the 25 finalist videos in The Storytellers challenge hosted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Malorie Kanaan explains the research project she is undertaking with Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa.

For several years, studies have shown that Black, Indigenous and racialized people are stopped more often by the police, especially in the context of traffic stops.

While some of these stops can be attributed to racist behaviour by police officers acting on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes (direct discrimination), most manifestations of discrimination and racism take more subtle and insidious forms. They are the result of institutional norms, policies and practices, as well as seemingly neutral laws and regulations that facilitate and reinforce prejudice and/or disproportionately impact racialized populations (indirect discrimination).

Funded by SSHRC, this research project aims to document the nature of traffic stops and their resulting individual and community consequences on racialized people in Quebec. This work is directed by Marie-Eve Sylvestre and Dominique Bernier and carried out in collaboration with Malorie Kanaan, Me Arij Riahi (Clinique juridique du Grand Montréal), Thierry Casséus (doctoral student in social work at the Université de Montréal), the Clinique juridique Saint-Michel, the Observatoire des profilages, the Ligue des droits – Section Québec and Lakay Média.

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