Members of new Anti-Racism Action Committee announced
The new Anti-Racism Action Committee is now in place, and 11 members of the public have been named to the Committee. Council unanimously approved the members at its Organizational Meeting on Monday.
The 11 members of the public now on the Anti-Racism Action Committee are:
- Nellie Alcaraz
- Sonia Aujla Bhullar
- Francis Boakye
- Eileen Clearsky
- Nyall DaBreo
- Sajjad Fazel
- Christine Giancarlo
- Kari Giddings
- Lisa Libin
- Rishi Nagar
- Anne-Marie Pham
The Anti-Racism Action Committee will now choose a chair and create their workplan to achieve the following goals:
- Identify systemic barriers to accessing City of Calgary programs and services;
- Identify language barriers in accessing information regarding City of Calgary programs and services;
- Identify opportunities to work with community partners and organizations on actions to address structural racism on a community-wide level; and
- Develop and lead the implementation of a community-based anti-racism strategy.
“As we begin the difficult work of shifting our policies and systems towards being truly anti-racist, I am humbled by the number of Calgarians who put forward their names to help in that task,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “It is the leadership of the community, of those who have been unheard for too long, that will establish the set of actions we can take to make sure that Calgary is a city for everyone.”
The establishment of the Anti-Racism Action Committee is one of several ways the City of Calgary is working to advance Calgary’s commitment to anti-racism. Community funding for anti-racism projects was made available this past summer and groups who applied for the funding will be notified in early November. At the same time, City Administration is working on additional plans to build anti-racism work within the City of Calgary.