The City of Edmonton will begin working on an anti-racism strategy after a unanimous city council vote Monday.
The motion, tabled by Mayor Amarjeet Sohi during city council, asks city officials to work with Edmonton’s anti-racism advisory committee and racialized communities to address hate-based violence in the city as well as supports for those experiencing it.
Speaking to council Monday morning, Sohi said the need for a strategy is something he heard repeatedly at residents’ doors on the 2021 municipal election campaign trail.
“People want to feel that they belong in this city,” Sohi said. “They want to feel that this is their city, that this is the place they can feel safe, that they can walk out in public places with dignity and have the respect that they — as human beings — deserve.”
The motion also includes provisions to seek support and resources from the federal and provincial government for anti-racism and anti-violence initiatives.
Administration is expected return a report to council by February 2022.
More to come…