Hamiltonians of all races gathered at Mohawk College Monday evening in the fight against systemic racism.
The province’s second public meeting on the issue offered the people of Hamilton the opportunity to have their voices heard.
Citizens of the Nipissing First Nations Bob Goulet opened the evening with an indigenous blessing to help set the tone.
Ontario Minister for Anti-Racism Michael Coteau followed with a brief introduction, saying he wants to hear people’s personal stories about racism so the government can make sure they’re moving in the right direction.
He quickly opened up the stage to the over one-hundred people sitting in the audience.
Sikhs, African Canadians, Muslim Canadians, and more filled the seats of Mohawk’s McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, and while the crowd seemed a little shy at first, by eight o’clock people were lining up to have their voices heard.
Chair of the Community Coalition Against Racism, Ken Stone, says “it’s more important that the minister acts on the grievances that people have, especially about systemic racism in hiring, in policing, in governance, in health, and many other fields.”
He says they have enough evidence to show that systemic racism exists, and it’s time for the government to take legislative action to stop it.
The anti-racism panel will continue it’s tour through Ontario in Mississauga Tuesday.
They’re hoping to visit several more cities before the beginning of December.