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Mayor Guthrie issues #BlackLivesMatter statement for Guelph

Mayor Cam Guthrie issued a statement regarding Black Lives Matter on Tuesday.

Guthrie acknowledges that Guelph is not a perfect city, but he pledges to help improve the community.

“There are some people who believe that racism does not exist in Guelph,” he said. “This sentiment – the denial of the experience of people of colour in our community – is part of the problem.”

He says that he has spent the last several weeks talking to members of the Black community in Guelph, and has listened to their experience and advice. He hopes to be able to use this community awareness to strengthen the ongoing development of the City of Guelph’s strategic plan.

“We hope to build upon our strong foundation and identify meaningful opportunities to formalize these values through plans and policies moving forward,” he said.

“The City of Guelph is committed to taking meaningful, intentional, action to remove barriers to inclusion so we can help every member of our community stay safe and flourish,” read the statement.