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Strathcona County joins Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination


September 12, 2017

Strathcona County joins Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination

Strathcona County has joined a network of 72 Canadian municipalities committed to taking action to combat racism and discrimination.

“As our population grows, the increased diversity has nourished our quality of life in Strathcona County,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr.  “Recently, through our Social Framework formation, nearly 8,000 residents told us about the importance of feeling like they belong and are connected to each other in Strathcona County. The County’s participation in the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination will further our efforts to ensure everyone feels welcome in our community.”

As part of its commitment to the Coalition, Strathcona County has agreed to endorse the 10 Common Commitments, while developing its own unique plan of action. Strathcona County is already actively working to develop policies, programs and strategies in taking meaningful action toward eliminating racism and discrimination.

Currently, there are a variety of programs, services and initiatives within the County that relate to the 10 common commitments. Examples include Treaty Six Acknowledgement, cross-cultural programming and exhibits, programming for local newcomers to Canada, a community-led diversity committee and overall alignment and actions resulting from the County’s new Social Framework.

More information or call 780-410-8556.

The Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination, launched by UNESCO, consists of cities interested in sharing their experiences to improve their policies against racism, discrimination, exclusion and intolerance.

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:
Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595