YMCA Canada statement

June 2, 2020

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of last week and the persisting inequitable treatment of the Black community. The needless death of George Floyd, and the many other victims of acts of racism, serve as a stark reminder that racial intolerance and discrimination continue to prevail not only in the United States but in Canada as well.

As a charity dedicated to building healthy communities where everyone belongs, we know we have a shared responsibility to take part in the critical work needed to recognize and overcome racial injustice. This means examining and challenging our own practices, assumptions, and behaviours, as well as asking ourselves tough questions about how we can do more to contribute to effective and lasting change.

We are listening and we are learning, and we remain committed to serving the needs of our communities so that together, we can strive for a better tomorrow for all.

In the near future, we will be hosting an open forum on how the YMCA can have a greater impact in addressing systemic discrimination and supporting diversity and inclusion. We will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available.