August 18, 2020 Town Hall Summary and Anti Racism Advisory Working Group Next Steps

On July 30 and 31, 2020 the Region of Waterloo held two community Town Hall’s. A total of 32 individuals spoke at the sessions. Approximately 88% of the speakers identified as members of a racialized group or a member of the indigenous community. The recordings of these sessions can be found on the right side of this site under Background Information. If you didn't have a chance to participate in the Town Hall, there is still time to give your input. Please complete the survey on this page.

Much of the input received provided direction to the Region about the creation of the Anti Racism Advisory Working Group. A selection committee has been created consisting of five community leaders that were suggested to the Region. We are very grateful to Victoria Rodney, Ismail Mohamed, Jean Becker, Grace Ibrahima and Lois MacDonald. The selection committee will develop the terms of reference for the Anti Racism Advisory Working Group based on the community input and will select the 10-15 members from a pool of applicants. Recruitment for the Working Group is expected to begin in early September with meetings beginning in October. The Working Group will develop recommendations for Council to create an Anti Racism plan based on community input.

If you missed the Anti-Racism Town Halls watch the recordings for Thursday, July 30th at 6:00 p.m. and Friday, July 31st at 10:00 a.m.

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