WINNIPEG, November 9, 2020
Strengthening diversity and inclusion is fundamental to building a consciously more inclusive society, where everyone is able to participate fully. Racism and all forms of discrimination are some of the main causes of social and economic barriers for many Canadians. While progress has been made, much more remains to be done.
Today, Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and the Honourable Jim Carr, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to the Prairies, highlighted 13 anti-racism projects in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta that were recently announced as part of the Anti-Racism Action Program. These projects include:
- Uniting communities through Restorative Youth Justice, led by Bilal Community and Family Centre Inc. in Winnipeg, will offer a series of recidivism prevention capacity-building programs, cultural workshops, mediation, mentorship, leadership, teaching circles and counselling sessions, and addiction referrals to aid in the healing and reparation of harm.
- Designing Policies to Enable a Representative Workforce in a Complex Healthcare System, developed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, aims to develop a unity framework and strategy to address systemic racism against First Nations and Métis people within the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
- Youth Peace Camp Initiative, delivered by the Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society, is a multilayered project that will grow into a mobile response structure to provide cultural awareness workshops and community conversations in a small city that is working to address issues of racism and discrimination, where these issues have been underscored by the current economic situation in Alberta. The mobile response events will take place throughout the community; centered in a moveable 18-foot tipi that will be erected temporarily in locations throughout the community.
The $15-million Anti-Racism Action Program funded 85 local, regional, and national initiatives, as well as outcomes-based activities that address racism and discrimination in all forms. This support is an important way that the Government of Canada is implementing its Anti-Racism Strategy to continue the work of combatting systemic racism and building an even stronger and consciously more inclusive society.