OASW Statement on Anti-Asian Racism


On March 16, 2021, an extreme act of violence occurred in Atlanta that took the lives of eight victims, including six Asian women. OASW recognizes this has been an extremely traumatic and devastating occurrence and expresses unequivocal support for the Asian community. We absolutely cannot ignore these threats, intimidation, and acts of violence fueled by anti-Asian racism.

OASW recognizes and honours the many contributions made by Asian Canadians who have endured anti-Asian racism, bias, and persecution, and despite this have made outstanding contributions to the growth and development of this country.

OASW stands firmly committed to working with our members to advance social justice and condemns the rise of violence and hate crimes. We urge all colleagues in the profession to uphold human rights and acknowledge our collective responsibility as individuals and a profession to stand in solidarity with members of the Asian community and against all forms of discrimination.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 6800 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.