At the Council meeting of June 8, 2020, Mayor Windsor's motion was passed unanimously that Central Saanich stands in solidarity with the entire community in condemning systemic racism in all its form. Central Saanich Council and staff are committed to listening, learning and improving.
The Central Saanich Police Service is also listening and will be hosting a town hall so the community can learn about our "community policing" model and answer your questions. Central Saanich's new police chief, Ian Lawson, recently said: It's horrifying what we are witnessing in the United States. The response is impacting the reputation of police officers in Canada and the media coverage fails to make the distinction between our respective countries and the differences we have in civilian oversight, use of force reporting, education and more. I look forward to having a virtual conversation about this so the community can join and we can collectively learn about how to continue to improve on providing the highest quality of service to all members of our community.
What is systemic racism?
Racism can be reflected in the ways that social institutions operate, by denying groups of people fair and equitable treatment. This includes the power to establish what is normal, necessary and desirable and reinforces superiority or preferences for one group over another. Institutional racism also exists when policies or programs seem racially neutral, but either intentionally or unintentionally put minority group members at a disadvantage. You can learn more at: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/racism
Different Together Pledge
Join us in taking the Different Together pledge. Racism has no place in our community. Take the pledge and share on social media. Tag friends, family members, or leaders in your community.
Statement from Lieutenant-Governor Janet Austin:
Over the past few months, British Columbians have pulled together to vanquish COVID-19, and we have witnessed many acts of kindness and selfless generosity. Sadly, however, our success has been marred by recent incidents of race-based violence and discrimination. I strongly condemn these racist acts; they have no place in our province or our country. I ask you to join me, alongside leaders in government, business and social services, in pledging to uphold the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion and to oppose racism and hate in all its forms. We are stronger when we are #DifferentTogether.