Over the past few months, protests throughout North America have highlighted that now is the time for collectively confronting the grim realities of anti-Black racism.
While the fight against anti-Black racism is not new for so many in the Black community, the current context of public debate and protest have opened the door for institutional and systemic dialogue. In that spirit, the university has recently created the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Advocacy Group with the aim of fostering conversation and creating a space that will press for progress and foster real, positive change at the university.
The group is inviting MacEwan students, faculty, staff and alumni to a virtual gathering to share experiences, ask questions, reflect on comments, or simply listen to the voices of those impacted by anti-Black racism. The gathering will not only provide a space for reflection, but also gather input in determining the areas of focus for the advocacy group.
While this conversation will center on the voices of MacEwan’s self-identified Black community, all are welcome to attend in the spirit of learning and support.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.