Monday, September 16, 2019


Hello to the followers of the Identity Grifting database,

You may have noticed that I have taken a step back from updating this database in recent months.

I chose the term “identity grifting” as a sort of fun way to turn “grifting” back on the leftists who love to use that term. 

However, “identity grifting” is no longer sufficient to encompass the depth of Canada’s diversity obsession. 

Media outlets publish “identity grifter” articles but will include references to suicide, trauma, and abuse, so that the articles and the identity grifters become immune to criticism, as no one wants to criticize something that references trauma or suicide.

There are other issues, too. An example: I tended to not include “small business opening”-type of articles on this database, as I think small businesses should get exposure. But, of course, a small business opened by an outspoken indigenous or trans person will get guaranteed media exposure, while someone who doesn’t have a marginalized identity would not get that coverage. There isn’t a way for “identity grifting” to account for that at this time.

Or, an article that discusses how street names are too European and must be changed to reflect diversity…this isn’t really a case of identity grifting, but it does undermine our history, which therefore undermines our culture.

This database has 130+ articles and will remain online for the time being. 

Thank you to everyone that supported this site and let’s continue to keep the media and other institutions accountable…as their strategies morph, ours must as well. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Des bières très blanches et très stéréotypées


Selected quote: "C’est une publicité un peu choquante, un peu sexiste, presque suprémaciste parce qu’il n’y a que du blanc. Et on ne met que des femmes très jolies, stéréotypées"

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A graduate student of colour’s navigation through the ivory tower


Selected quote: "I did my MA in a predominately white city, at a relatively white school, in a very white program...After I graduated, I felt as though I had escaped from the confines of the whiteness, leaving Kelowna, British Columbia, to come to Ottawa for my PhD."

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Canadian medical schools commit to increasing Indigenous student admissions


Selected quote: "The plan calls on medical schools to work toward admitting a school-specific minimum number of Indigenous students each year. It also calls for culturally safe training for all medical students and policies that do a better job of supporting Indigenous staff and faculty."

Friday, May 24, 2019

Journalism has a racism problem


Selected quote: "Create a task force. Hire an equity officer. Initiate ongoing anti-racism training for all instructors and journalists. Do more so that your racialized students, staff and sources aren’t left behind."

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Halifax group wants one-fifth of construction jobs reserved for African Nova Scotians


Selected quote: "The group 902 Man Up, which provides mentoring for black youths, says one-fifth of the construction contracts must go to construction companies owned by African Nova Scotians, one-fifth of all construction jobs must go to African Nova Scotian workers, and one-fifth of businesses located in the development area must be owned by African Nova Scotians."

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Liberal candidate ‘passionate’ about calling out racism running in N.L. election


Selected quote: "Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing diversity is not yet reflected in its overwhelmingly white slate of elected officials"

Friday, May 3, 2019

How a new Toronto library is trying to change the way we see comic books


Selected quote: "We also have a stickering system to showcase representation within the comics we have. Orange stickers represent comics created by Black, Indigenous and people of colour creators. We have rainbow stickers for queer comics, green stickers for mental health..."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scholarship aims to mix up craft beer industry


Selected quote: "The point of the scholarship isn't just about getting more women into the industry, but also folks from different ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community."

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The storm over Winnipeg's Whiteout and why words matter


Selected quote: "This is not a call to abolish Whiteout parties, but is it going to hurt anything to call it a Blizzard or a Snowstorm? These two other words mean exactly the same thing, but have less potential for racist undertones." 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Advocacy group calls for change to Whiteout Party name


Selected quote: "If it’s primarily white people coming downtown wearing all white, painting their faces white… I’m sorry, that’s very concerning sometimes and you have to look at it from all perspectives.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A queer take on the UBC Pride Installation


Selected quote: "Every time I pass the UBC Pride Installation, I am grateful for its existence. But I also can’t help but imagine what could have happened if a queer artist had designed it or if queer people had painted it — if queer labour had been paid and prioritized.
What would that have looked like?
Perhaps the same. But behind it would be us, painting a mural for ourselves, knowing that our university also values the work of our queer hands."

Friday, March 29, 2019

'I wouldn't trade being trans for anything else'

Selected quote: “Even though trans advocacy isn’t part of my job description, when I develop programming, I emphasize that building more sustainable workplaces means prioritizing equity and inclusivity, and I connect staff with the tools they need to do so.”

'Call me She because I'm a woman'


Debate in Inuvik over who should sell traditional crafts


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Not enough Black women teaching at Canadian universities, says Halifax scholar


Selected quote: "Her investigation became a thesis titled Where are the Black female faculty? Employment equity policy failures and the overrepresentation of whiteness"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Breaking the colour code of the Canadian cottage experience


Selected quote: "When people talk about cottaging as a quintessential Canadian experience, they almost invariably mean the white Canadian experience."

Culturally inclusive washrooms


Selected quote: "Khan wants to expand on the idea of inclusivity in washrooms to also be able to create safe and hygenic spaces for those of various cultural backgrounds."

Monday, March 4, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Who is a Settler, According to Indigenous and Black Scholars


Selected quote: "There are two types of people who live in Canada. Indigenous people, who have historically been here for thousands of years, and everyone else."