As Canadians, we are all appalled by the senseless act of terrorism inflicted on a Muslim family in London, Ontario, Sunday night. These acts of murder, on top of all the violence, and racism, demonstrated towards other members of our diverse community are a sad reflection that we have a long road ahead of us to make our society truly inclusive. As we continue to mourn the deaths of 215 innocent Indigenous children, and many more, at residential schools throughout Canada, we also acknowledge the painful legacy of genocide that we have in our society, one that continues to deeply impact people today.
Conversations focused on acceptance and respect – no matter whether it’s about ethnicity, race, gender, or sexual orientation – need to happen in every household, in every business, and in every community. Honouring the vision of a multicultural Canada, we can each be a part of the solution and not let hate overcome our sense of shared purpose and acceptance of others. Now more than ever, we must continue to celebrate the value of diversity and amplify the message of resolute steadfastness against racism. We mourn for the lost lives taken from us and commit to working even harder at being better humans who have a lot to learn from each other and the past.
To those who are struggling to cope with the stresses of life and current events, there are free mental health resources available for you to access through the TIES Healthy Minds website. Book an appointment with one of our counsellors at tieshealthyminds.ca.