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Podcast Episode 23

Yes, It's Systemic

Featuring Eternity Martis and Tessa McWatt
Hosted by CBC’s Idil Mussa

Yes, It's Systemic

Featuring Eternity Martis and Tessa McWatt
Hosted by CBC’s Idil Mussa
Eternity Martis - Photo by Corey Misquita
Tessa McWatt

This episode of the podcast takes a hard look at racial belonging in contemporary Canada. For too long the conversation on race in Canada has been framed by issues south of the border. Here, we examine our own culture and some of the ongoing barriers to equity and inclusion.


They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up by Eternity Martis is a powerful memoir about what it's like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus. Using her award-winning reporting skills, Eternity connects her own experience to the systemic issues plaguing students today. It's a memoir of pain, but also resilience.


Interrogating our ideas of race through the lens of her own multi-racial identity, critically acclaimed novelist Tessa McWatt turns her eye on herself, her body and this world in a powerful new work of non-fiction. Shame on Me is a personal exploration of history and identity, colour and desire, from a writer who, having been plagued with confusion about her race all her life, has at last found kinship and solidarity in story.


A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.


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