The City is now accepting member applications for the new Anti-Racism Advisory Table, a group that will help inform the City’s first Anti-Racism Strategy
The advisory table will be made up of anti-racism leaders from racialized communities who will provide subject matter expertise to the City’s Anti-Racism Secretariat. The group’s mandate is to collaborate to raise awareness about systemic and individual experiences of racism, encourage actions to effectively address racism and provide input into the City’s Anti-Racism Strategy. The group will bring forward community perspectives on all aspects of racism, including the six priority areas the strategy will address: employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health outcomes and youth development – all of which are within the City’s jurisdiction.
You can apply online to be a member of the advisory table before the deadline of August 10. Appointments for members will be finalized by August 31.
Members will meet every two months to:
Share expertise and knowledge about key issues, risks and opportunities.
Inform the table on trends, community concerns and best practices in anti-racism approaches.
Identify opportunities to advance the progress, adoption and integration of the Anti-Racism Strategy within City systems, structures and services.
All Ottawa residents from Indigenous and racialized communities that are 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply. A selection committee of community leaders and City staff will choose members for the table, being mindful of the importance of intersectional representation. Candidates will be selected based on their experience in anti-racism work and their specific knowledge of community issues.
Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory and honours Algonquin presence and nationhood. The City recognizes and respects the presence and contributions of all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, including urban Indigenous communities in Ottawa. As such, the City is working on a parallel process with Indigenous communities in collaboration with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition on their identified priorities.
For more information on the City’s Anti-Racism Advisory Table and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application form.
The City condemns all forms of racism. Municipal governments play a leading role in identifying and challenging systemic racism. Led by its Anti-Racism Secretariat, the City is committed to advancing a more inclusive and responsive municipal government, to ensure all people are served equitably.