LETTER-PELC Board commits to making social revolution a reality

Systemic racism exists in Canada. That has to change now. The Board of Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) are committed to making this social revolution a reality.

PELC works in the context of education and learning with community members to overcome barriers of poverty and social inequity to achieve the life they are entitled to live. We commit to intensify our efforts to end systemic discrimination against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), and LGBTQ2+ community members.

Racism has always been part of Canada – witness the ongoing controversy about the Sir John A. Macdonald statue on Picton’s Main Street – but the desire to end it has never been more urgently, or widely expressed. The June 5th show of support for Black liberation organized by Judith Burfoot, demonstrated how many of us here in the County want urgent change, up and down Main Street.

On behalf of the PELC Board, we will do our part to see that social equity becomes a reality in Prince Edward County for racialized and marginalized community members. We will:

• Recruit BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, and young individuals to Board and committees,

• Advocate to our Council, provincial and federal ministers and members of parliament

• Build capacity of BIPOC, LGBTQ2+ and youth community members to participate in civic life in positions of leadership,

• Train ourselves as allies and accountable participants in a just community through listening, reflection, speech, and action.

Silence is complicity. It is also an opportunity missed to enjoy the fruits of an equitable, socially just community and country where the gifts of all are welcome and are expressed.

As Board Chair, I welcome all inquiries and suggestions and can be reached at janemacdonal@gmail.com.

What a time to be alive!

Jane Macdonald

Chair

Prince Edward Learning Centre