Anti-Racism in Action

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END POLICE VIOLENCE. INVEST IN BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND RACIALIZED PEOPLE’S LIVES.

We have a responsibility to act, and the Ontario NDP is committed to stopping the violence and saving lives – from changes that we as legislators can make immediately, to a broader vision for the future. If we come together – ensuring that Black, Indigenous and racialized communities are centred as architects of change – we can build a future where we spend less on armed response to crises and failed approaches to community safety, and more money, resources and energy are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

THIS IS OUR PLAN OF JUSTICE FOR BLACK, INDIGENOUS, and RACIALIZED PEOPLE IN ONTARIO.


Ford government refuses to act, as Canada starts addressing UNDRIP implementation

Sol Mamakwa, MPP for Kiiwetinoong and NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic, released the following statement in response to the federal government’s tabling of legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP):

“It was deeply disappointing, but not surprising, to hear that Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs and the Ford government opposes the timely implementation of the federal UNDRIP bill. Yesterday’s tabling of the federal bill to implement UNDRIP in Canada is thanks to thirty years of critical work by Indigenous community leaders to have governments recognize their decisions must centre Indigenous peoples.

We must honour the work of former MP Roméo Saganash, former chairperson for the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Wilton Littlechild, and the many others who drove this process forward to make federal and provincial action on UNDRIP possible.

The Declaration itself was not intended to be an end point, but rather a new beginning for Reconciliation, based on a true nation to nation relationship and a full recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples. Minister Rickford and the Ford government’s opposition to moving forward on this quickly is troubling, but sadly consistent with their ongoing refusal to meet their Crown and treaty obligations.

Trudeau’s Liberals must act immediately to counter white supremacy in Canada

Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was joined by advocacy groups to discuss the growing threat of white supremacy in Canada and the danger it has brought to communities from coast to coast to coast.

Canada has seen a 200% increase in active hate groups in the last five years, making families feel unsafe in their communities. Justin Trudeau’s Liberals must do more to tackle online hate and dismantle white supremacist and neo-nazi groups in Canada.

“Hate and far-right ideology spread like fire online and Justin Trudeau has been slow to tackle this issue,” said Singh. “People need to feel safe in their towns, workplaces, schools and online. We are often told that white supremacy and racism exist only in the United States. This is misleading. Far-right extremist groups are operating across Canada, right now. Trudeau’s Liberals cannot sit on the sideline, they must act immediately to counter hate groups wherever they are.”

In 2015, according to counter-terrorism experts in Canada, we had 100 alt-right or white supremacist groups operating in Canada. Now, we have over 300. As the number of alt-right and neo-Nazi groups grow in Canada, we now know that without action today, it will simply be a matter of time before the next attack against people.

NDP: Ford Conservatives need to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in education system

NDP critic for Education Marit Stiles (Davenport) and NDP critic for Anti-Racism and Chair of the NDP Black Caucus Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre) released the following statement in support of a joint statement on anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism in Ontario’s education system by Toronto Youth Cabinet and allies:

“This is not a new call from community to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in our schools” said Lindo. “For far too long, Black students have experienced harsher punishments, academic streaming, systemic racism and discrimination. In August, parents, students and community marched through the streets of downtown Toronto demanding the decolonization of the curriculum, police-free schools and accountability for anti-Black racism.

“It’s time the government addresses the demands of not only the Toronto Youth Cabinet and those who signed this joint statement, but every other organization and community that is demanding the same changes. The NDP Black Caucus has met with students from school boards across the province who share these same concerns about anti-Black racism and racial equity in our schools.”

Anti-Black racism is a public health crisis

Ontario’s NDP support the call from Black health leaders – including the AllianceON Black Health Committee, Black Health Alliance, and the Network for Advancement of Black Communities – for the government to declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis.

The government must:

  • Enhancing accountability infrastructure to address police violence, systemic bias and harm to Black communities.
  • Properly fund the Anti-Racism Directorate and empower it with a clear, targeted strategy to address anti-Black racism in all sectors.
  • Dedicate funds for the provision of culturally appropriate health and wellbeing supports within Black communities.

We must take decisive action to ensure that Black communities are valued, protected from institutional violence, and have access to appropriate health services.

END POLICE VIOLENCE. INVEST IN BLACK, INDIGENOUS AND RACIALIZED PEOPLE’S LIVES.

We have a responsibility to act, and the Ontario NDP is committed to stopping the violence and saving lives – from changes that we as legislators can make immediately, to a broader vision for the future. If we come together – ensuring that Black, Indigenous and racialized communities are centred as architects of change – we can build a future where we spend less on armed response to crises and failed approaches to community safety, and more money, resources and energy are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

THIS IS OUR PLAN OF JUSTICE FOR BLACK, INDIGENOUS, and RACIALIZED PEOPLE IN ONTARIO.

NDP: Declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis

Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition New Democrats, released the following statement calling on the Ford government to listen to Black health leaders and declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis:

“Black communities in Ontario, Canada and across the globe are raising their voices to highlight systemic brutality and injustice, and demand the change they deserve.

For far too long, governments have paid lip service to the pain of Black communities, while refusing to take the decisive action necessary to address and tear down anti-Black racism in our institutions. Black communities and leaders have been identifying what is needed for decades, and it is high time that we listen.

Today I echo and support the call from Black health leaders – including the AllianceON Black Health Committee, Black Health Alliance, and the Network for Advancement of Black Communities – for the Ford government to declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis.

This call includes enhancing accountability infrastructure to address police violence, systemic bias and harm to Black communities, funding the Anti-Racism Directorate and empower it with a clear, targeted strategy to address anti-Black racism in all sectors, and funding organizations that are already doing this important work in communities across Ontario, by dedicating funds for the provision of culturally appropriate health and wellbeing supports within Black communities.

Today, and every day, New Democrats stand in solidarity with Black communities across the province, who are demanding that government listen, step up and actually do the work of rooting out anti-Black racism in all of our institutions. The government can start by following the lead of Black communities, and taking these actions.”

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