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June 19, 2020, 7:31 am

Port Coquitlam Mayor Launches Roundtable on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

City of Port Coquitlam
PORT COQUITLAM - Community members who want to help stop racism and discrimination are invited to apply for Port Coquitlam’s first ever Roundtable on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

On June 17, Mayor Brad West announced the creation of the city’s new anti-racism and anti-discrimination group, which will meet regularly to develop a community-driven process and forum for feedback, action and discussion on matters of multiculturalism, systemic racism and discrimination, diversity, equity and inclusion in Port Coquitlam.

“The events over the last while have been deeply troubling and sometimes difficult to comprehend, but they have brought the issue of racism and discrimination to the forefront,” said Mayor Brad West. “I have heard from many residents about their experiences with racism and discrimination. It’s not something I’ve had to go through myself, and frankly, these conversations have been both saddening and eye-opening.”

The roundtable will have 12 to 15 volunteer advisors from the community representing a broad range of groups such as, but not limited to diverse ethnic or cultural origins, Indigenous people, new immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, people with disabilities, diverse gender and ages and people living in poverty.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in Port Coquitlam and as a city we are committed to taking action,” said Mayor Brad West. “This roundtable will be a community driven process and we’ll work together in coming up with solutions. I encourage anyone with expertise or ideas on how we can make this a better and safer community to apply.”

Applications for the roundtable must be submitted online at www.portcoquitlam.ca/roundtable by noon July 6.


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