On June 19, 2018, representatives from 11 major organizations signed a Thunder Bay Anti-Racism & Inclusion Accord. These organizations would become known as the Coalition. Each member of the Coalition will commit to establish goals and report on successes by working collectively to address racism and discrimination in the community.
"Each and every lead at the organizations agreed that a unified approach and public statement declaring the existence of systemic racism within Thunder Bay needs to happen," said Ken Ogima, Chief Executive Officer at Fort William First Nation. "We agreed that when working together, unified by one idea, we can provide fruitful gains and solutions with anti-racism and discrimination."
The following CEOs/CAOs were in attendance to sign the Accord:
- Norm Gale, City of Thunder Bay
- Ken Ogima, Fort William First Nation
- Sylvie Hauth, Thunder Bay Police Services
- John Pateman, Thunder Bay Public Library
- David Paul Achneepineskum, Matawa First Nations Management
- Moira McPherson, Lakehead University
- Ken Adams, Confederation College
- Ian MacRae, Lakehead Public School Board
- Pino Tassone, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
- Jean Bartkowiak, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
- Lisa Beckwick, St. Joseph's Care Group
Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism & Inclusion Accord is for any organization or business who wants to collectively build a more inclusive City that reduces racism, promotes equity, diversity, and respect for everyone. One City, growing and learning together. To date, nearly 25 organizations have joined the Accord, including:
The Accord reports its progress annually at a meeting in late June.
Accord signatories are encouraged to report on their efforts to meet the goals of the Accord. Here are the latest reports on these efforts:
Reports will be posted here as they become available