Statement from the Dufferin County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee

Apr 1st, 2021
By mdunne

Statement from the Dufferin County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee

 

This statement is in response to the anti-Asian hate crime that happened on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia, where eight people were fatally shot, six of whom were Asian women. We recognize that this is not an isolated incident, but sadly, part of a larger global spike in anti-Asian racism, xenophobia and violence being perpetrated against Asian community members around the world. And it’s happening here in Canada, too. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 979 incidents of anti-Asian racism have been reported nationally to Fight COVID Racism (www.covidracism.ca). These incidents are threatening (and taking) the lives and safety of our Asian Canadian community members, and we simply cannot remain silent on this.

First and foremost, as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee of Dufferin County, we want to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the families and communities that have been affected by these targeted and heinous acts of anti-Asian violence.

We - the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee of Dufferin County - support and stand by the statement put out by the DCCBA (Dufferin County Canadian Black Association). We do not simply echo the statement, but we champion it. We condemn all forms of hate, racism, misogyny, and violence.

We stand in solidarity with our Asian Canadian community members. We commit to doing the work necessary to end all forms of racism, discrimination and violence, starting right here in Dufferin County. We hope to connect and communicate more as time goes on to effectively create change; as safety and respect are a priority for all people living within Dufferin County.

 

In Solidarity,

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee Members