Anti-racism statement – CK Community Leaders’ Cabinet

July 21, 2020

The Chatham-Kent Community Leaders' Cabinet has issued the following statement condemning racism and discrimination of any kind in our community.

To the community of Chatham-Kent,

Today, the Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet (CK CLC) affirms that racism and discrimination of any kind are not tolerated within our community or our organizations. In the wake of growing recognition that anti-racism work mandates intentional action and acknowledgement, the CK CLC is taking this opportunity to step forward and join the local and global conversations and calls to action. We commit to doing better for our community and for our world.

The vision of the CK CLC for Chatham-Kent is that “we are a thriving community that enhances quality of life”. We know that racism toward Black, Indigenous and racialized communities results in disproportionate harm to the quality of life of individuals and communities of colour. The CK CLC mission is “working together, across sectors, to build a community where quality of life is planned, developed and championed”. In accordance with this, the Cabinet has the responsibility to be attentive to and address systemic racism resulting in poorer quality of life for Black, indigenous and racialized communities.

People of all ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds built, and continue to build Chatham-Kent, as we know it today. Chatham-Kent is located on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabeg Nation, which is now home to the Bkejwanong First Nation, Delaware First Nation, and Chatham-Kent. Together, we have a history of welcoming immigrants and refugees, from the 1800s when Black fugitive slaves made Chatham-Kent their home, to being recognized as Canada’s First Welcoming Community as part of the 2016 Syrian refugee response, and continuing today as part of CK CLC’s focus on supporting talent attraction and retention.

As a community committed to being inclusive, welcoming, and working for all residents, we must be attentive to areas where racism and discrimination result in inequalities. As the Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet, we must consider where racial disparities exist within our own organizations and within the Cabinet’s practices, to address shortcomings. The CK Community Leaders’ Cabinet commits to addressing racism toward Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, to improve the quality of life for all members of Bkejwanong First Nation, Delaware First Nation, and Chatham-Kent.

On behalf of the Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet,

Mayor Darrin Canniff
Co-chair
519-360-1998 ext 3001
ckmayor@chatham-kent.ca

Ken McEwan
Co-chair
519-674-1500 ext 63531
kmcewan@uoguelph.ca

The Chatham-Kent Community Leaders' Cabinet (CKCLC) was formed eight years ago to bring together groups and individuals for the betterment of the community.

CKCLC Vision: "We are a thriving community that enhances quality of life."

CKCLC Mission: "Working together, across sectors, to build a community where quality of life is planned, developed and championed."

For more information on the CKCLC visit CK community Leaders Cabinet