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Markham announces strategy to combat anti-Black racism

Statement from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti
July 21, 2020

At the City of Markham, we stand with the Black community. We stand against anti-Black Racism. We are committed to real change. The time for us to prioritize issues facing Black Canadians is now. As we confront anti-Black racism, we are taking immediate and proactive steps to fight and prevent systemic racism in our decision-making, programs and services.

Recognizing that more needs to be done to combat anti-Black racism, promote equality and to support diversity and inclusion, Markham Council has unanimously endorsed a Strategy to Combat Anti-Black Racism.


We are honoured that Mary Anne Chambers has accepted the role of Special Advisor. She has led a distinguished career in business and politics, and served as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Minister of Children and Youth Services in the Government of Ontario. She is a leader who understands the power of community involvement and has important insights into the possibilities of Canadian multiculturalism. Sydney Baxter, a grade 11 student and young community leader who led a protest to combat anti-black racism will join the new Youth Liaison Committee.

It is our responsibility to foster a greater sense of belonging. We need to remove barriers that limit youth's ability to thrive. Now is the time to listen, learn, understand and act. Let's come together to create a new reality for the Black community, and create an environment that is free of racism and full of respect for one another.