Many socio-demographic topics are being raised at a time while we continue to battle a pressing pandemic situation; a reminder for all of us to support and respect family and friends, coworkers, neighbours and fellow community members. Your community association is here to serve ALL members of our community through our leadership, awareness, and support.
Each of us should think about reaching out for support and understanding. Be kind to one another and listen. We are “…a diverse community where people feel safe, connected and invested…” — this is the stated vision guiding our work.
The City of Calgary has helpfully brought various current diversity events to our attention as listed below. Most importantly, the impact of recent events has prompted important questions about racism. Some excellent local resources are below:
- YYC Colours – a documentary about racism in Calgary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndRnIrmtwM
- Calgary Black Chambers Mentors Youth – non-profit society was formed in 2019 by former Calgary Stampeder and current investment advisor Jon Cornish: https://calgaryblackchambers.ca/
- The Canadian Women’s Foundation anti-racist resource list here: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
- The Calgary Foundation’s list of Black-led and Black-serving organizations in our community: https://calgaryfoundation.org/black-led-black-serving-organizations-in-our-community/
Seniors’ Week June 1- 7, 2020 is Seniors’ Week in Calgary. The theme for this year is Resilience. While Seniors’ Week activities are normally held in person, this year events will still occur but in a virtual setting. Please visit the Seniors’ Week website for a listing of virtual events: https://www.calgary.ca/csps/cns/Pages/seniors/seniors-week/seniors-week.aspx?redirect=/seniorsweek
National AccessAbility Week May 31 to June 6, 2020 is National AccessAbility Week. National AccessAbility Week celebrates the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities and recognizes the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion. There are numerous virtual celebration activities, promotional tool kit items and additional information found at https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/national-accessability-week.html
Pride Month The month of June is recognized as Pride Month, the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBT2Q+ people. A great resource to share is the History of Canadian Pride found here: https://www.queerevents.ca/canada/pride/history The site provides historical information from 1969 to 2019.
National Indigenous History Month The month of June is recognized as National Indigenous History Month where Canadians celebrate and honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month. As part of National Indigenous History Month, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis. More information on National Indigenous History Month can be found here: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512