We recognize that the pain and trauma of recent events is just the tip of the iceberg of the systemic trauma that has been inflicted upon Black communities for generations. We are heartbroken and angry by the treatment of Black people and People of Colour around the world.
As a national, Canadian-based alliance of organizations, we recognize that there is power in our platform and we have a voice to use. We realize that saying “everyone is welcome” is not the same as intentionally pursuing equity. We want to do better. Our commitment is not just for this moment, but for the long term and as an ongoing practice.
We must all ask ourselves, what biases and blindspots, implicitly and explicitly, do we have as an organization and as individuals?
We acknowledge all the activists in our community speaking out about racism and helping us all understand and act in a way that brings justice.
Research shows that autistics are seven times more likely to interact with police over their lifetimes. It follows that this could be a particularly difficult time for members of our community who are already concerned about racial profiling. There needs to be more awareness of intersectionality and better resources on how to interact with the law force provided to autistic Canadians who are concerned about racial profiling.
People of Colour have been discriminated against, mistreated and silenced for far too long. Now is their time to speak, and for everyone else to listen. We stand for diversity and stand with everyone speaking out against racism.
To the Black members of our community: We see you. We hear you, and we stand with you.