WHEREAS We acknowledge that recent events outside our borders and within our own neighbourhoods have left many of our friends, families, and fellow citizens in a vulnerable state. While their lived experiences are a testament to courage and resiliency, we recognize that hate can only be overcome when we stand in solidarity and empower each other’s voices.
WHEREAS We recognize that the City of Vancouver has a long history of bias and discrimination. Historically it manifested itself in injustices such as race riots and people being denied the ability to buy homes in areas of the city or mortgages because of gender or sexual identity, and the erasure of neighbourhoods. More subtle forms of discrimination such as hateful slurs and distribution of racist flyers are equally damaging and continue to this day.
WHEREAS For traditionally marginalized communities it is easy to become desensitized to subtle acts of discrimination and racism. However, if we don’t call them out, they perpetuate.
WHEREAS The City of Vancouver is blessed with a long tradition of celebrating diversity and, more recently, of standing in solidarity with marginalized communities to stand up for our shared values of equality and respect.
WHEREAS, Indigenous communities, intercultural groups, labour organizations, non-profit organizations, artists, academics, and activists are the backbone of our rich history of community builders.