Help shape the City’s anti-racism work

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Today, the City of Ottawa’s Anti-Racism Secretariat has released a survey to give residents the opportunity to help shape its work.

The survey is open to all residents and will help determine the immediate needs within the six priority areas identified in past consultation – employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health outcomes and youth development – all of which are within the City’s jurisdiction.

The survey also asks residents how the secretariat can address systemic racism, and how they would like to engage and collaborate with the secretariat toward the goal of ensuring a safe and equitable city for everyone.

Residents can access the survey on the secretariat’s Engage Ottawa page.

The Anti-Racism Secretariat will also host a series of virtual public engagement sessions with diverse communities of racialized residents to plan targeted actions and inform the six priority areas.

The first phase of engagement will be for communities most targeted by hate crimes in Ottawa, which include the Black, Indigenous, Asian, Jewish and Muslim communities. Once these communities have had the opportunity to participate, additional engagement sessions will be scheduled to ensure all residents can be heard.

To register for one of following engagement sessions, please visit the secretariat’s Engage Ottawa page:

  • Anglophone African Caribbean Black residents: Wednesday, January 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Francophone African Caribbean Black residents: Friday, January 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Asian residents: Wednesday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Jewish residents: Monday, February 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Muslim residents: Friday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) residents: date to be determined

The City condemns all forms of racism. Municipal government plays a leading role in identifying and challenging systemic racism. Led by its Anti-Racism Secretariat, the City is committed to advancing a more inclusive and responsive municipal government, to ensure all people are served equitably. The secretariat is also working to increase public awareness of racism and to provide tools for anti-racism education.

In addition to seeking input to inform the work of the Anti-Racism Secretariat, the City is also seeking feedback on Ottawa’s first Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. One of the six priorities of the plan is discrimination, marginalization and racism. Residents are also invited to get involved and offer their perspectives on this initiative. Visit the plan’s Engage Ottawa page to participate.

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