Edmonton to create anti-racism strategy after unanimous council vote

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The City of Edmonton will begin work on an anti-racism strategy after a unanimous vote in the city council on Monday.

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The motion, brought by Mayor Amarjeet Sohi during city council, asks city officials to work with Edmonton’s Advisory Committee Against Racism and Racialized Communities to address hate-based violence in the city, as well as support for those who experience it.

Speaking to the council Monday morning, Sohi said the need for a strategy is something he heard repeatedly on the doorstep of residents in the 2021 municipal election campaign.

“People want to feel like they belong to this city,” Sohi said. “They want to feel that this is their city, that this is the place where they can feel safe, that they can walk in public places with dignity and have the respect that they, as human beings, deserve.”

The motion also includes provisions to seek support and resources from the federal and provincial governments for initiatives against racism and violence.

Management is expected to deliver a report to the council in February 2022.

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