QMUNITY’s Solidarity & Allyship Response re: Anti-Black Racism
June 8, 2020
The team at QMUNITY is saddened and outraged by the deaths of George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who are the most recent names added to a long list of Black and Indigenous people who have died as a result of confrontations with police. Enough.
We will not remain silent. QMUNITY stands in solidarity with the victims of racist oppression, violence and police brutality. We affirm the work and voices of many Black and Indigenous people who have shared their experiences of racism in Canada, specifically in dealing with Canadian police.
Recognizing our own limitations as a non-profit operating within a white supremacist settler colonial state, we are taking the following actions:
- Our free counselling program, which offers ten free sessions with a registered clinical counsellor, is available to any QTIBIPOC person seeking mental health services. Currently, we are reassessing and reprioritizing our counselling waitlist, to ensure expedited responses and supports to QTIBIPOC clients. We are actively recruiting and partnering with BIPOC and QTIBIPOC counsellors. Please email [email protected] to find out more.
- We are adding our voice in support of BLM Vancouver’s call to defund the VPD by at least $152 million, as well as broader abolitionist demands, such as the platform outlined by 8toAbolition. We support the leadership of criminalized communities to determine how public funds diverted from police budgets should be reinvested.
Racism is alive and well in BC’s LGBTQ2S+ community. In the past, we at QMUNITY have failed to confront it with the commitment it requires. Too often within the queer community, the voices and vital contributions of Black or Indigenous people are forgotten or ignored. We must be accountable for our failures and their harm. Today, and everyday, we recommit ourselves to unlearning the ways in which we uphold white supremacy within our organization and to doing better moving forward. Today, and everyday, Black lives matter.