The City of Calgary acknowledges the existence of systemic racism. We will listen, learn, and build communities where racialized people and communities have equitable access to City services and programs. As outlined in Council’s Notice of Motion entitled Calgary’s Commitment to Anti-Racism (June 2020), the City of Calgary was directed to undertake a number of actions including:
hold a public hearing on systemic racism;
establish an Anti-Racism Action Committee to develop and implement a community-based anti-racism strategy:
re-evaluate The City’s internal practices and policies through an anti-racism lens;
undertake mandatory training on anti-racism; and
consider issues of systemic racism in the Community-based Public Safety Taskforce’s work.
This work is underway and is being resourced through the Anti-Racism Action Committee, a dedicated program team, and external consultants. A City of Calgary Anti-Racism Action Plan will be developed, including a community-based anti-racism strategy, organizational and public safety anti-racism actions and strategies. The Calgary Police Service is also undertaking anti-racism work.
Anti-Racism Action Committee
The Anti-Racism Action Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of a community-based anti-racism strategy that achieves the goals outlined in the Notice of Motion.
Ernst & Young (EY) will conduct extensive leadership and employee engagement as part of the racial equity assessment of The City’s internal services, practices, and policies. The timeline for the engagement is from June until September.
Up to $600,000 was available to eligible non-profit organizations for one-time initiatives to strengthen their organizational effectiveness, increase their programs’ impact, and address emerging issues and trends impacting Calgarians.