The Town of Fort Macleod will join a group fighting racism and discrimination.
Council voted July 25 to join the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.
“I think every community has probably got some movement to make in the elimination of racism and discrimination,” Mayor Shawn Patience said. “We can always improve ourselves.”
F.P. Walshe school student Raj Parmar made a presentation April 11 to ask council to join the coalition.
“We would really like you to take a look at it,” Parmar told council. “We’d like to have Fort Macleod join.”
Parmar explained Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre is in a partnership with Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism and students from F.P. Walshe school are in a project addressing social inclusion.
Kids First used funding from the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund to host a youth conference last spring in Fort Macleod.
Kids First has also made presentations around town on the topic of social inclusion.
Parmar told council the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination promotes the idea that municipalities as guardians of public interest make the following commitments:
- Increase vigilance against systemic and individual racism and discrimination.
- Monitor racism and discrimination in the community more broadly as well as municipal actions taken to address racism and discrimination.
- Inform and support individuals who experience racism and discrimination.
- Support policing services in their efforts to be exemplary institutions in combating racism and discrimination.
Alberta municipalities that are members of the coalition are Brooks, Calgary, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, St. Albert, Innisfail and Wood Buffalo.
Members sign a declaration agreeing they support the commitments and will develop a plan of action.
“I certainly don’t have an issue with this,” Patience said. “It’s something every municipality works toward.”