Coalition of Indigenous Voices & OUTreach Southern Alberta:
What is the City’s role in addressing issues of systemic racism and discrimination?

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Burke

Answer

The City’s role is one of leadership and education. The City has a responsibility to lead the way through inclusive governance and policies, as well as educating the population about the issues of systemic racism and discrimination.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

The City of Lethbridge has a leadership role in addressing these issues, promoting a vibrant and multicultural, multiracial community. Support for the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association and various festivals and celebrations help break down barriers, eliminate discrimination and promote understanding.

M

 

Campbell

Answer

First and foremost. Set a good example. And again we need to engage with the disenfranchised. Get educated on these circumstances. Have compassion. To quote Lin Manuel Miranda: "Love is love is love is love."

J

 

Carlson

Answer

Our work with CMARD and our adoption of the Reconciliation Plan is achieving great strides forward in this area. Council has formally signed on to and supports CMARD as well as our Reconciliation Plan, and have taken education and training exercises with several groups traditionally discriminated against. I am proud of the work being done; It is leadership such as this that helps us educate ourselves and our community, and work to eliminate racism and discrimination in all forms.

J

 

Coffman

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While the City needs to lead the community in eradicating systemic racism and discrimination, it must first examine its own systems, structures, policies and practices through lenses of race, gender, equity and inclusion. Doing so will make us more aware of the diversity in Lethbridge and, hopefully, create open and inclusive systems and a workforce that represents our diversity. The City should also re-examine its role and purpose as a member of the Coalition of Canadian Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD), to ensure we are meeting the mandate and objectives through policy development and advocacy.

B

 

Crowson

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The City has many roles in addressing issues of systemic racism and discrimination. The city has internal responsibilities including reviewing its own policies, ensuring professional development for city staff and committees and making a concerted effort to develop diversity on its staff, boards and committees. The city has external responsibilities through supporting CMARD, implementing the Reconciliation plan, ending policies such as carding, promoting public discussions and working with other communities and community groups.

C

 

Germshied

Answer

The city police force should be charged with creating policy for dealing with these issues, with city council consultation. They have the proper training to determine how to address situations that arise. In all city run buildings and events there should be no tolerance for this misguided and uneducated action.

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Gibb

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City council has a duty to protect and represent all citizens of Lethbridge. We need to find ways to educate citizens and emergency service personnel, to reduce the unconscious biases that we may have. We need to ensure that we are an inclusive and tolerant community, that is known for helping each other regardless of race, financial status, or background. Councillors are the leaders of the community and should address these concerns in diplomatic and professional ways.

B

 

Ginther

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It can simply NOT be tolerated and I think that CMARD has done a really good job of ensuring that it the incidences of racism and discrimination are reduced. Education is the biggest single factor here.

M

 

Heavy Head

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The city has an essential role, but as I'm running out of time to elucidate my thoughts on this before the survey closes, I'll let you ask me in person.

R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

First and foremost the city needs to be inclusive in it's hiring practices. If Lethbridge is to lead it must demonstrate that it applies the principles of diversity and is prepared to search for tasks and positions that can be performed and filled by persons with disabilities or are handicapped by their culture or heritage. Policies and practices need to put into place that instantiate our desire to be an inclusive and diverse workplace. The city should be open to supporting initiatives brought forward by NGOs that valorize the social roles of marginalized people.

B

 

Hyggen

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Through a committee of council, we have created a Truth and Reconciliation Plan. Our City is one of the first communities in Canada to create a plan to address this. I look forward to the implementation of this plan.

L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

We ourselves need to be inclusive, as individuals, as a civic government, as a service provider, and as an employer. We need to support initiatives that combat intolerance and foster understanding.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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The City has made giant strides with ongoing education, their Housing First Policy, and now the Coming Together Reconciliation Implementation Plan. All citizens of Lethbridge deserve respect and need to be protected from discrimination. All people have protection under the Alberta Human Rights Code. It is through our ongoing education that we can grow our understanding for others from different countries, who look different, or wear different clothing. Mainstream is no longer mainstream, we are a community of people from all over the world.

J

 

Mauro

Answer

My goal would be to ensure that the city treats everyone fairly and equal, no racism, no discrimination.

D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

The City (and in my view, every individual citizen) must be vigilant and ardently showcase no tolerance for any form of racism and/or discrimination. Addressing it, again firstly, means acknowledging that systemic racism and discrimination exists. It does. Awareness is the first step to ensuring that such lines of thought are not further perpetuated or accepted.

R

 

Miyashiro

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The City should be a leader in adressing those issues

R

 

Morrell

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The first step in combating racism in our city is admitting that it is still an ongoing issue.  I think the city is taking some great steps in communicating with our Indiginous leaders, and embracing things like Reconciliation Week.  Unfortunately,  I don't think we will ever truly see an end to racism, but I firmly believe that ALL people should be afforded the same respect and dignity as their neighbors.

N

 

Paladino

Answer

First, the City's role is to listen!

R

 

Parker

Answer

Our role is to show leadership by working with community stakeholders to make sure this issue is addressed.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

We must recognize and accept all individuals of society as equal in all respects. The City must not "cater" to or "marginalize" any individual, group or organization. The City should NOT be promoting or supporting any individual or person group over and above any other at any time or for any specific purpose. The specific laws regarding discrimination, racism and hate crimes are inscribed in our judicial system and our enforcement agencies police these. We are also blessed to have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

J

 

Pogorzelski

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Very important we do this. We are an ever changing and growing community. To prevent the types of rallys and hate mongering groups, we cannot condone any sort of racism or discrimination in our community. We have to understand that people are who they are, and hate crimes should be punished the same as any other major crime. We also need to support our CMARD and ensure the reconciliation plan is implemented and supported by council.

L

 

Saloff

Answer

The city needs to ensure they are truly committed to addressing these systemic issues and provide avenues for people to get assistant to deal with this.

J

 

Shackleford

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Reconciliation Week has been a HUGE first step and our city is the first in Canada to do this. An apology from the mayor was vastly important to indigenous people and to recognize we are on traditional Blackfoot land was a small step. The city has held out its hand and initiated a process we hope will continue in to the future so all indigenous people feel welcome and included and can pursue their education and dreams here in southern Alberta. We can't forget what was done to native people in residential schools and the generational cycle of abuse that it caused but to "breathe in the future and breathe out the past" is a start.

C

 

Spearman

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The city's role is to be a visible leader in opposing racism. We need to continue to fund and support the activities of CMARD. The city's approval of the response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission needs to acted on. The city needs to encourage community wide support.

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Takahashi

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Fisrt I would like to see a POC advisory council. I would like to see representatives o all advisory councils. And in particular ensure a seat on the police commission for POC. We can not be a safe, diverse, inclusive community if POC do not have a voice on council and in all municipal affairs. Council and the mayor must dnounce carding and worth with the police commission to find a solution that ensures police can do their jobs but prevents innocent poeple's information from being collected and stored.

B

 

Thurber

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The city needs to be a leader and role model. All our employees need to demonstrate this also. Our response to the truth and reconciliation commission must be implemented and become our everyday way of life.

S

 

Watson

Answer

Our role is to help break down those barriers and recognize these issues are in our community and need to be addressed. We need to take a leadership role with regards to the Reconciliation and Implementation Plan and continue to support and push for these types of initiatives. We need to make sure all city employees are properly trained in recognizing racism and discrimination and have the tools to stop it.

D

 

Wiggers

Answer

Promoting inclusiveness. Addressing the Truth & Reconciliation report (like the City has started to do). Learning more about the Blackfoot culture, language and people. Celebrate the history of the traditional Blackfoot peoples of this area. Welcome with open arms immigrants from all corners of this earth, regardless of race, creed or religion.

R

 

Woss

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We need to be directly engaged with community members/leaders on a regular basis who have a pulse on what is going on. I would advocate to have reps from First Nations, the Islamic Centre, Multicultural Centre, homeless shelters/ food banks and police service etc. on board to help us find solutions. Lets focus on goals and solutions – try various strategies; measure outcomes; be flexible and real about what works and what doesn’t. What we all want is a safe, inclusive community.