At United Way of Peel Region, we are very concerned about the increasing expressions of Islamophobia in our community. The troubling events that took place during a recent school board meeting is concerning to all of us here at United Way. Embracing inclusion and equity is one of the values that guides our decision-making and our work.
United Way of Peel Region is committed to working in partnership with our community partners to reduce the socio-economic disparities and exclusion of vulnerable communities throughout Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. In particular, we have heard from our ethno-specific Community Advisory Councils and Young Leaders Council who are engaged and concerned residents of the Region.
United Way of Peel Region urges all residents of Peel to stand up and participate! All residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga should commit to defending the equal rights inherent in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms for themselves and their neighbours. As residents of Peel, we need to stand up and say “no” when faced with racist slurs, inappropriate jokes, sexist comments, and immigrant and refugee barriers. It is time that we all realize that we need to stop the “othering” of human beings because they are different.
We ask that as neighbours committed to defending strong communities and inclusion that we act now to keep Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga an open, safe community of refuge and opportunity for all.