Urban Strategies condemns the anti-Black violence and racism taking place in cities across North America, including in our own. We acknowledge the terrible pain that our neighbours and friends have been experiencing for generations.
We recognize that as Planners and Urban Designers, we are in a position of power.
Planning continues to play a direct role in creating environments that either promote diversity, equity and inclusion, or harm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and other vulnerable communities by reinforcing inequities.
We are committed to doing the hard work that is necessary to face these challenges, to collaboratively build better systems and more equitable places.
We will continue to strive to seek out, listen, learn, and integrate the perspectives of the people who are underheard, underrepresented, and most vulnerable.
We will push ourselves to do it better, through ongoing learning, continued dialogue within our team and community, improved training, and by building partnerships with organizations making important contributions to these issues.
You can expect to hear more from us as we take action.