Niagara’s Regional Chair, Mayors Sign on to Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities

“As president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, I am thrilled that the Niagara Region has joined this network, which includes cities, regional governments, and smaller communities across the country.”                                                                                            ~ Dr. Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted September 18th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley signing declaration. Photo courtesy of Niagara Region

Niagara, Ontario – This September 18th, Niagara’s Regional Chair and Mayors signaled their resolve to make Niagara a more diverse and welcoming community on Sept. 18, as they jointly signed a declaration marking Niagara as a member of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities.

Over the past year, Regional Council, along with all 12 municipal councils, voted to join the Coalition <https://en.ccunesco.ca/networks/coalition-of-inclusive-municipalities>, a network that brings together municipalities that want to improve their policies against racism, discrimination, exclusion and intolerance.

The joint declaration demonstrates a shared recognition that Niagara is not immune to systemic racism and other forms of discrimination, and that real action must follow to build Niagara’s identity as a truly welcoming community.

Regional Chair Jim Bradley and all 12 mayors participated in a brief signing ceremony outside Regional Headquarters to commemorate Niagara’s membership in the Coalition.


CIM Chair and Speakers: L-R Cassandra Ogunniyi, Niagara Region’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, Eve Atoms, Niagara-based Spoken word musician and poet, Ted Mouradian, President and Co-Founder of The 2% Factor Inc., Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, Rashmi Biswas, co-founder of the Gender Equity Task Force Niagara, and Executive Vice-President and co-owner of Lake and Associates Canada, Riley Zimak, Director, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Dr. Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Photo courtesy of Niagara Region

Niagara will join 82 other member municipalities across Canada who are working to advance initiatives that:

  • * improve their practices to promote social inclusion
  • * establish policies to eradicate all forms of racism and       discrimination
  • * promote human rights and diversity

Learn more about the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities at their website  <https://en.ccunesco.ca/networks/coalition-of-inclusive-municipalities>.

Niagara mayors and Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley at signing ceremony. Photo courtesy of Niagara Region with, thrid from left in front row,  Dr. Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Photo courtesy of Niagara Region

Quotes

“Those of us who hold elected positions must strive to hold ourselves to a higher standard, not only recognizing not only privilege, but also strengthening our resolve to learn, listen and take action to build an inclusive and welcoming Niagara. This declaration is our shared commitment to work toward policies that eradicate racism and discrimination, and promote human rights and diversity.” ~ Jim Bradley, Niagara Regional Chair 

“As president of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, I am thrilled that the Niagara Region has joined this network, which includes cities, regional governments, and smaller communities across the country. Sadly, racism continues to plague communities across Canada. By joining our Coalition, Niagara Region and its communities are committing to join others in fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms. Living in Niagara, I am looking forward to seeing the accomplishments that the municipalities can make.” ~ Dr. Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

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One response to “Niagara’s Regional Chair, Mayors Sign on to Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities

  1. Are you people for real. This UNESCO program is the United Nation educational arm of AGENDA 21 if you don’t know what this is you need to look it up.

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