Message for the Executive Director, Susan Chamberlain:
We at the George Hull Centre are horrified and saddened by what is transpiring in the United States. We believe though, that no one is more greatly impacted than our black staff and clients. I want to acknowledge that though these events are occurring in the US, Canada has lots of work to do in standing up against anti-black racism.
We have a responsibility to move beyond words and to take action against anti-black racism.
The George Hull Centre is in the early stages of embarking on a journey of learning about anti-black racism, equity and inclusion and implementing change based on our learning. The George Hull Centre has some real work ahead of us. We won’t always get it right, but we are committed to facing our biases, being vulnerable, listening to our colleagues who wear a different skin than ourselves, making mistakes and learning from them, and growing in our understanding of how to be better allies. We are on this journey, not only because of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the events in response to this, but because systemic anti-black racism occurs every day in Canada, Toronto and Etobicoke and we must actively work to put an end to the racism and oppression in our communities.
Please read our joint statement on how infant, child, and youth agencies in Toronto are committing to anti-black racism.
“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”
-Martin Luther King Junior-