Learn about the Anti-racism Strategy and the work the City is currently doing for this initiative.
At the City, we believe everyone who lives here is an Edmontonian, that every Edmontonian deserves to call this place home. Anti-racism is the active, ongoing strategy and process that seeks to identify and eliminate racism by changing systems, institutions, policies and attitudes that perpetuate racism. At its first meeting after the 2021 election, Edmonton City Council directed City Administration to develop a comprehensive anti-racism strategy. On February 22, 2022, Council approved the City’s Anti-racism Strategy.
The Anti-racism Strategy
The Anti-racism Strategy brings our community together to improve equity, end poverty, eliminate racism and make clear progress toward Truth and Reconciliation. We acknowledge that this is complex and multifaceted work and are developing a number of different approaches to address that complexity head on. Together, we will create a City - a home - where every individual, in all their unique diversity, belongs.
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The creation of an internal, high-level Anti-Racism Office within Administration.
Administration is currently looking at options for what an anti-racism office could look like to fulfill the mandate put forward in the strategy- challenge racism, developing a culture of anti-racism, embedding anti-racist action into all processes within Administration, and acting as a collaborative partner with the Independent Anti-Racism Body to co-create a long term Anti-Racism Strategy and Plan for Edmonton.
Anti-Black Racism Action Plan
To support the UN International Decade for People of African Descent proclamation and advance its Anti-Racism Strategy, City Administration is working with Edmonton communities to co-create an Anti-Black Racism Action Plan. This action plan is driven and guided by Edmonton’s Black communities and their needs, and supported and facilitated by the municipal government of Edmonton.
Share Your Feedback
The draft Anti-Black Racism Action Plan is now available for your review and input. Your valuable feedback will inform needed changes in the report and allow the consultants to refine the recommendations before the final report is submitted to the City of Edmonton in June. The City’s response and a plan to address the action plan recommendations will be available in the fall.
Thank you to everyone who provided their time and voices during our engagement process earlier this year for the Anti-Black Racism Action Plan.
You’re encouraged to read the
What We Heard
report that captures the experiences and input community shared with the consultants at the time of report submission. That summary of voices was used to shape and inform the recommendations in the draft Anti-Black Racism Action Plan. Your input on the draft will ensure the final plan is relevant and addresses your needs and experiences.
We continue to be committed to providing safe spaces that welcome the Black communities in Edmonton to share their voices and to applying an Afrocentric lens and approach throughout our anti-racism work. The voices of Black communities in Edmonton will always be centered and we will ensure the Anti-Black Racism Action Plan is relevant to those most affected.
Truth and Reconciliation
The City is continuing to advance work on the Municipal Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG2S+) Calls for Justice files with early recommendations and requests for funding going forward to Council this fall. We continue to work closely with the Indigenous community while we establish actions and commitments to both of these responses.
The City has established funding to support capacity-building and other needs as identified, to strengthen grassroots Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) led organizations. Empowering the work of BIPOC led organizations helps influence other organizations in Edmonton to create anti-racism strategies and policies, connecting them to the city’s long-term Anti-Racism Strategy and Plan to eliminate racism in our community.
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Additional funding will be available based on recommendations of the Anti-Racism Independent Body Advisory Board.
Anti-Racism Advisory Committee of Council
The Anti-racism Advisory Committee’s mandate is to raise awareness and catalyze action on racism and anti-racism in Edmonton, and provide advice to Council regarding community perspectives on issues relating to racism, including, but not limited to: diversity; discrimination; hate and extremism; racial equity; anti-Black racism; racism against Indigenous Peoples; xenophobia; Islamophobia; antisemitism; and the lived experiences of persons of colour. They are governed by the C18970 Bylaw.
The International Decade for People of African Descent Proclamation
On August 29, 2022, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi made a special proclamation re-committing the City of Edmonton’s support for the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. The recognition, justice and development of people of African descent articulated in the Declaration support the City’s ongoing corporate commitment to eliminate racism in our community in all of its forms.