The murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police has served as a worldwide awakening to the rampant systemic racism that affects societies internationally. Mr. Floyd was an ordinary man who leaves an extraordinary legacy of hope and change. The Corner and the St. James Town Service Provider’s Network (SJTSPN) stand side by side with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) to advance an inclusive, diverse, safe, and socially just St. James Town community. The Corner’s steering committee and the SJTSPN’s executive committee have developed a statement of intent to demonstrate our commitment to action. First and foremost we will engage with residents and community partners to assess and review our performance in addressing anti-racism and anti-oppressive objectives within our day-to-day operations and within the St. James Town community.
We will ensure that our governance, management and operational activities reflect a framework of inclusion, equity and diversity. In collaboration with our clients, partners, funders, educators, elected officials and service providers we will be proactive in advancing systems change that seeks to remove the barriers that BIPOC communities have faced historically and which continue today.
The Corner recognizes that the path to change can be slow and often filled with challenges. We are determined to meet these challenges head-on because we are committed to doing our part towards achieving a socially just community. No one is free until we all are free.