Message from Michael Gottheil,

Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

(June 5, 2020)

Raising our voices against anti-Black racism

At this moment, Black people across North America, and their allies, are raising their collective voices to fight against the systemic racism and injustices that continue to marginalize the Black community. This comes in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. This act of severe injustice has brought to light, in the most extreme way, the systemic racism that Black people continue to face.

Although this tragedy occurred in the United States, we cannot ignore the anti-Black racism that exists in Canada, nor can we ignore our own history of slavery, indentured servitude, and white supremacy. It's time to address the individual and systemic racism that exists in our legal, health, education, social, economic, and political structures and that hinders full equality for all.

The Commission supports the Black community in Alberta and across the country in seeking equality and countering racism and discrimination. A number of organizations in Alberta are doing important work to further the #blacklivesmatter movement and prevent and counter the discrimination that Black people face.

Now is the time to listen. Learn. Understand. And to raise your voice.

Educate yourself on the history of slavery and white supremacy in Canada and Alberta. Learn about the #blacklivesmatter movement. Seek to understand the legacy and intergenerational impacts of racism, racial discrimination, inequality, and injustice. Support groups and organizations that are doing crucial anti-racism work here in Alberta. Be an ally by speaking up and speaking out against racism and hate toward Black, Indigenous, and racialized people and communities when you see it.

Black rights are human rights. Together, let's use our voices and take action to create change and build a society that is truly equal for all.

Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.