The idea for the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) originated from an anti-racism symposium in 2003 and subsequent symposiums in 2006 and 2010 held by the City of Hamilton Committee Against Racism (CAR). The centre arose from community member needs for a resource to address issues facing Hamilton related to racism and discrimination. The Hamilton Citizenship Committee Report provided data from various focus groups completed between 2012 and 2013 to confirm the need for this resource. In support of the pilot project, The City of Hamilton has partnered with McMaster University and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI).
Hamilton City Council approved a three-year pilot project in 2015 and HARRC officially opened in April 2018. HARRC is a CAR initiative which lead to a collaborative partnership amongst McMaster University, The City of Hamilton, and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI).
Anti-Racism Program Manager
Princewill Ogban is the Anti-Racism Program Manager for Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre. (HARRC).
Princewill is responsible for developing anti-racism programs, providing individual and institutional consultation on anti-racism, and supporting racialized people address discrimination, harassment, and hate incidents based on race by capturing statistics, information, and referrals to persons impacted by racism and race-related oppression and violence.
Before taking on the role of Anti-Racism Program Manager (HARRC), Princewill worked with the Nova Scotia Health Authority creating and providing a unique health care model that examined the impact of race on health care and provided guidance towards creating culturally specific health care services. Highlights of Princewill’s achievement includes working with Nova Scotia Brotherhood Initiative in Nova Scotia Health Authority to apply human rights special programs policy in hiring a black psychiatrist to see patients in Black communities in Nova Scotia and this improved access to psychiatric and mental health consultation for Blacks. Princewill also led the reviewing of existing health educational resources to be diverse, inclusive and reflective of staff, patient and community population.
Princewill education background includes Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science Degree with honours from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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