As a neighbourhood house, we strive to be a welcoming place, working with local residents to give them a sense of belonging in our neighbourhood. Here is the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) Board of Directors’ anti-racism statement:
“Over the last few months, there has been a resurgence of racialized violence and xenophobia within this community and beyond. These attacks, whether physical or verbal are violent, and violence has no place in our community. Racism and xenophobia harms everyone, not just those who are being targeted. It divides us and weakens our collective identity.
It is during such times of discomfort and uncertainty that we reveal our true selves and as a community, we are better than this. Racism is never acceptable, and it is particularly deplorable at such a time when everyone, globally, continues to be impacted by this pandemic.
For those who have been senselessly targeted by these acts, either directly or indirectly – we stand in solidarity with you. CNH is committed to the task of confronting ongoing racism and we urge all of you to stand up to these incidences and this rhetoric – we all have a responsibility to condemn these behaviours and attitudes.”
“The ultimate measure of a (person) is not where (they) stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where (they) stand at times of challenge and controversy” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please check out our Community Resources page for some great anti-racism resources. If you are facing a situation where you feel threatened and in danger, please call 911.