As we bear witness across Canada, the United States, and around the world to the outrage and protests sparked by violent, systemic racism and acts of racial discrimination, we want to acknowledge that we stand in support of Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ+ and all marginalized members of our society. We condemn these acts and express our solidarity, grounded in a shared sense of humanity and justice.
Our vision is to strive to be an inclusive, participatory, and sustainable heritage society (with a museum) at the heart of our community. We believe that museums can make a significant contribution to public conversations on contemporary issues such as decolonisation, inequality and racism. We also believe that museums have a responsibility to support our various community organisations and create space for the lived experience of our fellow citizens.
As a heritage society, we recognize that we must question and correct our complicities in the institutionalization of racism, discrimination, and colonialism that may be present in the composition of our board, our hiring practices and our physical and/or electronic representations.
As a heritage society, we will:
As a heritage society, we commit to the following actions as part of a long-term plan which continues to be revisited and revised:
We recognize that our entire community is enriched by the contributions of all community members and that we all benefit from diverse voices, expertise, and experiences.
We wish to affirm to our community, to those who fund us, and to others who engage with us, that anti-racism is a core principle, guiding what we do. We know that to be anti-racist requires intentional, continuous action.