The Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario, will add our voice to call for justice for the 215 Indigenous children found buried at the former B.C Residential School and their families.
We write these words with heavy hearts, understanding the importance and urgency of the need for us to stand in Solidarity with Indigenous people of Turtle Island.
The horrific discovery of the unmarked graves bearing innocent victims; remains of precious Indigneous children, is a meaningful reminder of the work we have to do towards Truth and Reconciliation in this county. It also stands as testament or reminder of how injustices can occur when actions are left unmonitored and unchallenged.
We call on the Canadian Federal government to complete a full investigation into these deaths with the maximum penalty of law applied to the legal owners/managers of record for this criminal behaviour. Full restoration to the families must be part of the Truth and Reconciliation process. We also call for every former Residential School property to be searched, using ground penetrating radar, for any additional unmarked graves. We demand justice for all of these children and any other children that may be found.
To the community of Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation, we stand with you, now and always. Knowing that our heartfelt prayers are not enough, we commit to work towards our own learnings, and truth-seeking as well as that of our community. Our Coalition is a diverse group that includes Settlers. We acknowledge that we will never truly understand the pain and devastation suffered by the Indigenous community. We commit our hearts and minds to not only open our eyes and ears to learn, but also to use our voice and actions to stand up as active allies and accomplices to fight for justice. Together we commit to the work of Truth and Reconciliation.
The Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario
THANK YOU to our Coalition Working Group
The Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario engaged a diverse group of London and area residents, who came together to develop the Terms of Reference and Policies that will guide the Coalition going forward.
This devoted group met from January until June of 2020 and completed the tasks as requested. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to this group of dedicated and informed individuals for their months of hard work.
Rachel Berdan, David Billson, Aiden Buchanan-St. Gelais, Maly Bun-Lebert, Kinga Kolton, Rumina Morris, Alexander Pershai, Ramona Robichaud, Matthew Sereda, Philip Shearer, Corinne Walsh, Dr. Amanda Zavitz.
Racism & Gender Discrimination
The Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario stands strong against racism and gender discrimination. The events of the past weeks remind us that systemic racism is a form of violence that must be eliminated. We see the effects of racism daily in our communities through racialized poverty and unequal access to justice and all forms of healthcare.
This is an important moment in time. As individuals, as communities, and as a coalition dedicated to empowering Equality, we need to challenge ourselves to undo the effects of systemic racism in our society. We must acknowledge and become aware of our own biases. The Coalition is committed to doing the work to be an ally and to amplify voices of those who need to be heard.
We will never have Equality until we are all Equal !
The Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario
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The Coalition was a result of funding to The Canadian Federation of University Women London Club (CFUW London) to start the Gender Equality Coalition of Ontario. This funding was through a Capacity Building Grant by the Department of Women and Gender Equality Canada.
There are many things to do before this Coalition will be up and running. The next step is to established a Working Group to create Terms of Reference or By-Laws and Operating Procedures or Regulations. If you would like to be considered for the Working Group, please complete the “Get in Touch” steps below and let us know how you would like to contribute to the Coalition.
Linda Davis, Executive Director – Programming
Dani Bartlett, Executive Director – Advocacy
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