Official Statement from Jennifer Hesch, President of the Guelph & District Labour Council

The Guelph and District Labour Council acknowledges the disturbing incidents of violence that have recently occurred in the US and Canada. We recognize that these events are just a few of the numerous tragedies that members of black communities have suffered.

As a labour community, we must acknowledge that Anti-Black racism exists and is deeply rooted in Canada‚Äôs history, institutions and society at large. We have a responsibility to call-out and confront racism directly. We also need to work together to dismantle it. Positive change requires that we hold ourselves accountable and that we recognize our own personal bias. The Guelph and District Labour Council supports anti-racist practices and processes. 

We know that many people in our community are experiencing grief following these recent tragic events. Our condolences go out to all those who are suffering. We are here to work to support those in need and participate in conversations with community members who experience racism on an ongoing basis.

In Solidarity,

Jennifer Hesch
Guelph & District Labour Council