Over the past few days, I have been thinking of George Floyd’s brutal murder by the police and of the protests happening in Minneapolis, nationwide, and globally, as I know many of you are. I am at a loss on what to do and how to support our Black friends and colleagues and family members who have constantly suffered under the pervasive violence of white supremacy and racism. Read the full article on NonProfit AF.
You would have to be living under a rock to have not heard the term systemic racism or institutional racism. It refers to how ideas of white superiority are embedded at a systemic or institutional level all over the USA (and, indeed, all over the world)… read the full article on Jayne Cravens Blog
Along with every other institution, journalism is facing a reckoning on racism. The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer sparked local unrest that quickly became global, more proof that struggles against anti-Blackness and racism are ongoing everywhere, always… Read the article at Chatelaine.
Donna Alexander is a social worker who offers specialized services for Black youths dealing with addiction, mental illness, suicidal thinking and criminalization. Toronto Life spoke to her about the cumulative psychological effects of racism, the need for culturally specific counselling for Black people, and why she believes police should not be first responders to mental health crises. Read the article at Toronto Life.
Canada Day is a contentious holiday. It serves as a stark reminder of the day that our land was not taken away, but stolen. It also reminds Indigenous people of colonization and the assimilationist policies that have been put into place to effectively eradicate us as a people. Read the full article at the Toronto Star.
Those of us who work in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector have the power to address systems change. We have the opportunity before us to collectively commit to allyship and the work of anti-oppression. As allies, we recognize that this work is hard, and we must be in it for the long haul. Only then will we see real change. Read the article at Pillar non-profit.
PAVRO (in its pursuit of excellence) builds individual, organizational and community capacity to effectively engage volunteers through the professional management of volunteer resources. Go to the PAVRO website
VMPC collaborates with provincial, national and international organizations to support its membership and strives for volunteer resources management to be recognized and respected as a leading profession of choice. Follow this link to Go to the VMPC website