November 20, 2020 – The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, KZ Land Protectors, and Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition stands in solidarity with the Indigenous community at the “Chiinawendiwin – We Are Related Day of Action” demanding a Freeze to Police Budget and End to Systemic Racism
OTTAWA – The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, along with the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition and other Black community members stand in complete solidarity with the KZ Land Protectors and the Indigenous community at the Chiinawendiwin – We Are Related Day of Action. The Indigenous and Black community have been standing together in unity since yesterday to take up space in Downtown Ottawa and to address the systemic racism surrounding policing, education, health, and housing. We are demanding for justice for our community and for the system to end all measures that perpetuate violence against racialized community members. Enough is enough.
The KZ Land Protectors, the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition, and the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition have 10 demands that we expect to be met by the City of Ottawa and those who represent us on the municipal level.
We demand that the City freeze the Ottawa Police Services’ budget and reallocate the funds to services for Indigenous and Black communities. We demand justice for Abdirahman Abdi, Greg Ritchie, Anthony Aust, and so many others.
An immediate end to the occupation of any and all contested Indigenous territories by police forces, such as the on-going occupation of Haudenosaunee lands by the OPP, and an end to weaponized injunctions against Indigenous land defenders.
We demand an immediate end to abusive and violent police attacks on our communities: the so-called “Dynamic Entry” tactics that led to the death of our brother Anthony Aust, mental health and wellness checks performed by police which led to the deaths of Chantel Moore and Ejaz Chaudry, and sexual violence against Indigenous and Black women and queer/two spirit people by police forces.
We demand an end to the disproportionate suspensions, expulsions, applied level streaming, and ethnic grading of Indigenous and Black students in Ottawa schools.
We demand an end to the School Resource Officer program, and a clear anti-racist strategy enacted by all four major school boards and their trustees that explicitly addresses anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.
We demand an immediate policy in Ottawa’s primary and high schools and post-secondary campuses banning the use of racial slurs in the classroom.
In order to address ongoing barriers, we demand increased funding to specifically support Indigenous and Black students pursuing post-secondary education.
3.) Health and Housing:
Following the recognition of racism as a public health crisis by Ottawa Public health, we demand an immediate action plan, with meaningful funding attached, from Ottawa Public Health on addressing the adverse health effects of racism on our communities, as well as the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous and Black people in our city.
We demand the implementation of the Calls to Action of the Viens Commission in the area of health and other public services by the Province of Quebec, including an end to systemic racism against Indigenous peoples both on and off-reserve through the implementation of Joyce’s Principle. We demand that Ontario take similar action within its institutions, including a major increase in funding to the Anti-Racism Directorate. Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black racism in the healthcare system and other public services kills. We want justice for Joyce Echaquan and so many others
We demand an immediate end to COVID evictions, demovictions, and rent increases in Ottawa. We demand rent control, inclusionary zoning, pandemic rent relief, and federal funding for homes for the 40,000 Ottawa families in need of affordable housing.
Justice for Abdirahman Coalition