Red Deer’s Call to Action

Red Deer’s Call to Action

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The Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network (WIC) and community members have watched with great interest as the events of recent months in the United States, and more critically those here in Canada, have galvanized a large anti-racism movement. We have taken part in rallies, and listened to the stories and calls to action of Indigenous, Black and Communities of Colour from within Red Deer, the province, the nation, and beyond. 

We were thrilled to see the City of Red Deer has also been listening when they acknowledged the presence of racism, the impact it has on community members, and committed to “do everything we can to look inside our organization and the community to evaluate what changes can be made.”

The members of the Red Deer WIC, and the signatories to this call to action, implore the City of Red Deer to take solid action to change the realities of racism in our community moving forward.

We ask the Mayor, Council, and the City of Red Deer to:

  1. Commit to accountably participating with WIC and its member agencies in opposing racism and discrimination in our community, including making public statements, and appearing at local events.
  2. Commit to all of the responsibilities of membership in the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (CIM) (formerly Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Racial Discrimination, CMARD) including: regular meetings, participating in community discussions, developing a plan to incorporate community feedback into City policy and action, implementing said actions and policy changes, and annual reporting to the community on this progress and the progress of other calls to action such as Truth and Reconciliation, and the Protocol Agreement with Urban Aboriginal Voices Society.
  3. Recommit to involvement in, and support for the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership’s Workplace Inclusion Charter.
  4. Fill the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist position vacant at the City of Red Deer since September 2019.
  5. Commit to Anti-Racism training for City Council and the Leadership Team.
  6. Commit to centering diverse voices, with lived experience, in discussions and decisions about funding which impact marginalized communities. 

We look forward to building community with you.