WHEREAS George Floyd was killed by a police officer on May 25th, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the presence of three additional police officers;
AND WHEREAS since George Floyd’s death there have been protests and demonstrations across the United States and in Canada in support of Black Lives Matter and standing against police brutality, anti-Black racism, and the killing of Black people;
AND WHEREAS racism and anti-Black racism is not limited to the United States. Racism and anti-Black racism exists here in Canada and our own community of Sault Ste. Marie;
AND WHEREAS racism is not limited to explicitly hateful, discriminatory or prejudiced comments and actions. Racism can exist in institutional and systemic policies and practices;
AND WHEREAS all people are created equal and all people have the right to be treated equally in accord with our prescriptive law and the principles of natural justice;
AND WHEREAS in order to create a free and just society, each of us have a responsibility to not only stand against racism but to actively encourage equality through the way we treat one another and by challenging the systems and practices that permit or support racism;
NOW THEREFORE I, Christian Provenzano, as Mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie do hereby explicitly acknowledge that racism and anti-Black racism exists in Sault Ste. Marie and that racism hurts the people it is directed towards and it weakens our larger community. I hereby call on and ask all of the residents of our community to examine our own attitudes, perspectives and conduct to determine where and how we can improve and contribute to the fight against racism and anti-Black racism so that all members of our community feel welcome, respected, included and safe and so that we can build a stronger community that is a model to others.