We are building an Anti-Racism Action Strategic Roadmap (2023) to identify the:
that can remove systemic racism and improve services to effectively serve Indigenous, Black and diverse Racialized communities.
What has already happened?
We have been working towards many of the actions identified by the communities we serve and the CPS Anti-Racism Action Committees. We have conducted extensive research around what other jurisdictions have been doing to address systemic racism as well as talking to community groups, leaders, and organizations. Also, we have worked with The City of Calgary to learn from the community experiences and actions included in their Community Anti-Racism Action Strategy. This has helped to build an understanding of the actions needed, which are detailed in the initial Strategic Roadmap (2022).
To build a more complete Roadmap it is important to bring together all key groups and voices who have not been included so far.
There is a need to talk with community members who have been directly involved and impacted by the justice system within Calgary to provide their perspective as well as speak with CPS staff and leadership to develop concrete next steps for this Roadmap.
This engagement process will also involve working with the Indigenous Relations Team, the Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC), the Boards and Advisory Groups and Circles, Unions, Executive Leadership Team, and the Calgary Police Commission (CPC).
How can I take part?
Habitus Collective & ActionDignity are now recruiting 36 individuals for Stage 1 of the engagement.
The people selected will be part of 5 network groups that will represent communities most impacted by police, or part of a disproportionately higher representation in the justice system.
To begin with we are seeking to connect with; Indigenous peoples and communities, Black peoples and communities, youth and young people with involvement in the criminal justice system, victims & families of victims, and highly marginalized/street involved/substance-using individuals.
Do you want to share your thoughts around the categories for the network groups?
Are you or do you know individuals or organizations that we should talk to?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org