The Internet is Free: Progressing Past Awareness and Towards Racial Justice in Physiotherapy - Sponsored by the Orthopaedic Division


Event Type: Webinar


Start Date: August 31, 2020

Location: PD Marketplace

Host: Orthopaedic Division

Webinar Title: The Internet is Free: Progressing Past Awareness and Towards Racial Justice in Physiotherapy - Sponsored by the Orthopaedic Division

Speaker: Tracy Blake

Date:  Recorded webinar available until Monday, August 31, 2020

Location: PD Marketplace (Online)

Registration Fee: CPA Members - Free; Non-CPA Members - $20


Racism is a human rights issue and a population health issue. This webinar explores how the physiotherapy profession can join the fight against racism.

  1. What are we doing? Setting intentions.
  2. Where are we going? Describing a path towards racial justice.
  3. Why me? Highlighting the obligation/duty of physiotherapy as a professional institution, a community of professionals, and professionals who serve, to engage in the fight for racial justice.
  4. What should I say? Highlighting terminology that is necessary in navigating the path towards a racial justice.
  5. What should I do? Discussing some of the potential for progress and pitfalls along the path towards racial justice.


Tracy Blake was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Seneca peoples, as well as, most recently, the peoples Mississaugas of the Credit. The only daughter of Trinidadian immigrants, she and her youngest brother were raised in the multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-faith, working class neighbourhood of Rexdale. Sport was a powerful source of connection throughout Tracy’s upbringing. The desire to contribute to sport beyond the field of play motivated Tracy’s post-secondary academic journey and clinical training as a sport and orthopaedic physiotherapist via McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario.

Her clinical experience in private practice, sport, and acute inpatient hospital care led to questions about how knowledge used by health care practitioners is produced, transmitted, applied, and internalized. She sought to answer those questions while completing her doctorate at the University of Calgary, with a research focus in paediatric sport-related concussion and physical activity. It was also during this time that the seeds of connection between population health, equity, person-centred care, and the optimization of health and performance in a sport context were sown. These themes underpin her current work as a clinician, educator, researcher, editor, and author.


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