As a social and community service organization, we recognize the roots of oppression embedded in patriarchy and colonialism. We recognize the use of coercive and discriminatory policies and laws as a tool to continue the oppression of marginalized groups. We acknowledge the ingrained and systemic racism and xenophobia that has existed and continues to breathe throughout institutions, government structures, non-profit and for-profit organizations. This has included the intentional apprehension of Indigenous children from their families, the systemic erasure of Indigenous culture and traditions by means of residential schools and hospitals, and the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples, Black people and racialized people in correctional facilities.
We stand with and applaud Black people, racialized people, and Indigenous Peoples and thank them for their patience, resilience, and strength. And in doing so we also acknowledge the challenges for those facing other inequalities including women, persons with disabilities, queer, trans and Two-Spirit people.