We are angered and saddened by the senseless murder and violence suffered by members of the black and Indigenous communities, not only in the United States but throughout the world.
We acknowledge that racism exists in our country, in our province, and in our town. Yvonne Bredow’s column about her experiences, the Lake Report’s recent coverage of discrimination, and the peaceful anti-racism rally last week have brought to light the issues of racism and discrimination in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They’ve started a conversation that is overdue in our town.
We strive toward a community that is equitable, diverse and inclusive. In light of this, the Inclusivity Committee and the Community Wellness Committee will work to address the issues of racism and discrimination in our society and be an ally in the fight against systemic oppression.
We acknowledge that now, more than ever, is a time for allies to listen and to educate ourselves. We encourage you to speak up about experiences, concerns, questions or suggestions, if you are comfortable doing so. You are always welcome to do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information shared will be held in confidence at the request of the individuals sharing it.
We urge everyone to learn more about what role you can play in addressing racism and what it means to be an ally. There is always more to know, and we all have a part to play. Together, we can ensure that everyone feels welcome, heard and valued in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
From members of NOTL's Inclusivity Committee: Virginia Head, Jamie Knight (chair), Bex McKnight, Richard Mell, Niki Walker (vice-chair), George Webber, Coun. John Wiens and the Community Wellness Committee: Alan Brockway, Carol Clarke, Natalie Cooper, Lord Mayor Betty Disero (vice-chair), Cindy Grant (chair), Paul Jurbala, Terry Mactaggart, Catherine Novick, Sean Simpson.
Community Wellness Committee