Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michael Coteau Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
On February 16th Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario will establish an Anti-Racism Directorate to address racism in all its forms — including individual, systemic and cultural. Michael Coteau will oversee the Anti-Racism Directorate as Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism and continue as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Directorate will aim to:
- Increase public education and awareness of racism to create a more inclusive province, and;
- Apply an anti-racism lens in developing, implementing and evaluating government policies, programs and services.
ABDGN applauds the Premier for establishing new entry points for policy advocacy and change for civil society on such an important and challenging issue. An anti-racism lens is not applied to HIV interventions and responses often enough, despite the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on Black people, who represent an estimated 80% of the people living with HIV globally.
ABDGN will continue to share updates and outcomes from this new policy initiative and ways to engage in the dialogue. We believe there will be valuable cross regional applications of lessons learned and best practice that will be gained from the Ontario experience.
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