Calgary's commitment to anti-racism
What we have heard
The City is focused on and committed to proactively dismantling systemic racism and the root causes of racial inequities and racial injustices in municipal programs and services. The work of the Anti-Racism Program has been developed in response to the concerns of systemic racism, racial inequity, discrimination and oppression that harm Indigenous, Black and diverse Racialized Calgarians including City of Calgary employees.
From 2021 to 2022, over 2,700 people took part in community engagement, where they indicated that racism and discrimination are widespread and perpetuated through various systems and policies.
In the City’s 2021 Street Harassment Survey of 500 people, 64 percent of Racialized Peoples indicated that they have experienced unwanted comments about their ethnicity or race.
In a 2021 Cultural Assessment Survey of 3000 City employees, 54 percent of diverse Racialized employees indicated that have experienced or witnessed racism in the workplace.
SYSTEMIC RACISM structurally equips a racial group with the power to dominate others in social, political, and economic areas over time and generations. This is often reflected in policies, programs and practices that favour one racial group over others. Due to colonization, systemic racism is deeply rooted in the fabric of our society, thereby creating barriers that negatively impact the lives of Indigenous, Black and diverse Racialized Peoples.
ANTI-RACISM is recognizing the existence of racism and taking active steps to name, challenge and eliminate it at all levels (individual and structural) and spheres of life.
In the news
Watch a short news segment from Global News for a look at anti-racism work in Calgary following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement.
Calgary Anti-Racism Strategy - What a Gwaan National
The City launched its first anti-racism strategic plan that sets the foundation for unmasking and eliminating systemic racism deeply rooted in our society's fabric. Listen to the podcast interview featuring Dr. Linda Kongnetiman, Manager, Anti-Racism Program at the City of Calgary, to hear about the focus areas and what role we can play in helping implement the anti-racism strategic plan.
Presenters: Dr. Linda Kongnetiman, RSW (Manager, Anti-Racism Program), Donnovan Simon (Editor and Founder – What a Gwaan)
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.Learn more
On June 15, 2020, a Notice of Motion was passed titled Calgary’s commitment to anti-racism directing work to begin in a number of areas.Learn more
The City of Calgary Anti-Racism team encourages mutual understanding and respect through learning from one another. We’re often reminded of why this work is important and how we need to think about how we can do better.
In the spirit of continuous learning and shared understanding, here are some resources we recommend.Learn more