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Standing together in support of diversity and equality

Chairment Statement Picture

On behalf of York Regional Council, The Regional Municipality of York, and our 1.2 million residents, I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. George Floyd. His death has shaken many to their very core, myself included, and serves as a tragic reminder of the degree to which racism is still very present in the daily lives of so many.

While much of the attention and outrage has focused on the United States, Canada is not immune from challenges with systemic racism and discrimination.

Over the weekend Canadian cities and towns held peaceful demonstrations in a call to end racial injustice, including many throughout York Region. These demonstrations are important and raise awareness about anti-black racism while showing support for the Black community.

Despite having strong community partnerships, we recognize much more work is required in our Region.

York Regional Council, York Regional Police and York Region staff are committed to fostering strong, safe and caring communities which are inclusive, celebrate diversity, equality and allow for everyone to live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination. There is no place for hate or intolerance.

In the days ahead, I ask York Region residents to be a part of the solution when continuing to fight against hate, prejudice and discrimination. Positive change starts with each and every one of us.

To members of the Black community in York Region and beyond: we are listening, we are learning and we are with you.

In memory of Mr. Floyd, there will be eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, June 11, which begins at 9 a.m.

Wayne Emmerson
York Region Chairman and CEO

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