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Letter: Black Lives Matter Sudbury calls for action against systemic racism

Organization is committed to fighting systemic racism in all of its forms
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A demonstrator at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sudbury in June. (Arron Pickard/Sudbury.com)

Black Lives Matter Sudbury calls for Greater Sudbury Police Services to adopt the use of body cameras for all police officers, as “cameras improve the tone of interactions between officers and the public and provide a valuable piece of evidence for prosecutions — and not just for citizens pursuing complaints against police.”

Additionally, Black Lives Matter Sudbury calls for the funding of culturally responsive, community-centric mental health and wellness services. Residents of Northern Ontario report higher instances of poor mental health, depression, medication use, and hospitalization. We therefore call upon the City of Greater Sudbury and the Province of Ontario to provide adequate funding for these programs. 

Black Lives Matter Sudbury calls for the review of the composition of the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board to include persons of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour) backgrounds to help address systemic racism in policing in Greater Sudbury. Black Lives Matter Sudbury calls on the City of Greater Sudbury and the Province of Ontario to look at all available options to appoint Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour to the Police Services Board in order to ensure that the primary civilian oversight of policing services in Greater Sudbury reflects the diversity of its population, and reflects the common understanding that systemic racism represents a public health crisis and represents a threat to the well-being of Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour in Canada. 

Black Lives Matter Sudbury Laurentian University Graduate Student Association

Black Lives Matter Sudbury is an organization that is committed to fighting systemic racism in all of its forms, and is demanding that society and all levels of government address and fix the root causes of racism in all social institutions.