Statement on Racism

June 9, 2020 – Marion Pollack, Board President

Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Asian racism has increased in our community and so has racism increased against members of the Black community in B.C. The 411 Seniors Centre is expressing our solidarity with these communities and opposes racism wherever it exists.

Our members come from a variety of different communities and we are distressed when Black seniors recount stories of racism and discrimination. Sadly, these stories span decades, and include 2020.

We know that when any senior faces racism and discrimination we are all weakened.

The 411 Seniors Centre knows that the fight against anti-Black racism and police brutality is based in the in history of slavery, oppression and colonization of Indigenous communities and Black people in North America.

The 411 Seniors Centre is a few blocks away from Hogan’s Alley. Hogan’s Alley was home to Vancouver’s Black population for many years. It was a safe, strong and vibrant community. Unfortunately, the construction of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts displaced this community. We know the history of Hogan’s Alley and we don’t want it to be repeated.

Anti-Black racism is a destructive force in our society that negatively affects seniors, their families and our communities. We need to ensure that Black seniors are safe coming to and from our Centre, while participating in activities or receiving assistance from our Centre, and in all aspects of their lives.

In the past months, the 411 Seniors Centre has been appalled by the increase in anti Asian racism.

The 411 Seniors Centre is committed to ensuring that all people including Indigenous, Visible Minority, and Black seniors are treated with dignity and respect. We know that racism hurts us all. The 411 Seniors Centre wants to build a world where fairness and justice rule.

Racism anywhere is unacceptable.

411 Seniors’ work takes place on the unceded homelands of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and selí̓lwitulh (Tsleil ̓ -waututh) Nations.