Youth lead the “Inclusive Voices,” campaign in Lanark County focusing on racism, gender-based violence, LGBTQ2S+, ableism, transphobia and mental health during COVID-19.
"Systemic racism is not a problem for Black, Indigenous and people of colour to fix. It's a system that was created and upheld and perpetrated by white people," said Katie Perfitt.
A small team of youth is leading the campaign. The goal is to reach folks and encourage conversation, learning to ultimately augment diversity and inclusion in Lanark County.
Systemic racism is being challenged in the Ottawa Valley as more stories surface of injustices experienced by BIPOC communities.
A group of students at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus is working to make the campus and the broader community more inclusive.
Stories of racism and discrimation have prompted some municipalities to establish diversity and inclusion committees.
Many Ottawa Valley communities mobilized their efforts to secure sponsorship groups for Syrian refugees.
The Local Immigration Partnership aims to strengthen the role of local communities across Lanark and Renfrew in integrating and serving our newcomer population.