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Key Terms and Concepts: Race, Racialization, Racial Hierarchy and Proposed Scope for the Racialized Communities Strategy 1. IntroductionWho are the racialized communities in Canada?
Frequently referred to as 'visible minorities' the term ‘racialized communities’ emcompasses all people that are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour. Aboriginal peoples in Canada are sometimes excluded from this definition, but should not be.What is the meaning of the term racialization?
It does define racialization as the "process through which groups come to be socially constructed as races, based on characteristics such as ethnicity, language, economics, religion, culture, politics." Based on this definition, groups that go through racialization would be racialized regardless of how privilege and disadvantage are ascribed.Why are Aboriginal people not included in racialized communities?
Aboriginal peoples in Canada are sometimes excluded from this definition, but should not be. Increasing the term racialized communities is replacing visible minorities because in many municipalities that population of people who are non-white make up the majority, not minority of the overall population.