City hosts inaugural Racial Justice Conference

This week, The City of Calgary’s Anti-Racism Program hosted over 600 attendees for its inaugural Racial Justice Conference.

The theme of the conference, “Dismantling Systemic Racism, Transforming Lives” is intended to go beyond talking about systemic racism and move to anti-racism action. Attendees are provided with opportunities to develop and apply anti-racism knowledge, skills, and practices through speaker presentations and workshops.

“It is a great opportunity to gather for two days to co-create and action transformative racially-just recommendations and practices,” stated Dr. Linda Kongnetiman, Managing Lead Anti-Racism Program. “The City is on a journey to become an anti-racist organization and we have the opportunity to collaborate with the community to advance racial equity and racial justice. The conference will provide an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn so we can dismantle systemic racism and transform lives.”

The City issued its Anti-Racism Strategic Plan in 2023 with the mission of “taking actions to remove systemic racism in Calgary through education, engagement, collaboration, and policy changes.” This strategy sets the foundation for unmasking and eliminating systemic racism that is deeply rooted in the fabric of our society.

More details about The City’s Anti-Racism Program available at