Mississauga working with Black community to improve understanding


Published May 6, 2021 at 2:11 pm


The first of six consultations with Black community members is being held by the City of Mississauga tonight.

The consultations are designed to empower and encourage Mississauga’s Black community to gain greater insight and access to the City’s resources, including social and political institutions, and to develop mutual understanding, trust and partnership.

“Black community members in Mississauga have been saying for a very long time that the City needs to do more to engage with them, to seriously take on the issues that matter to them most. And the reality is that we haven’t done enough in the past to meaningfully engage with them,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“These community consultations are a step in the right direction and I look forward to engaging with so many different members of our Black community. But I want to be clear: we still need to do even more and we are busy at the City creating more forums for the Black community to provide critical perspectives on how we can make Mississauga a more inclusive and accessible city.”

Tonight’s session is called Accessing Political Power in Canada and will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Residents can register by visiting Mississauga.ca/BCE.

The remaining sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 20: Accessing Mississauga’s Resources
  • Thursday, May 27: Policing
  • Tuesday, June 8: Personal Well-Being Within The Black Community
  • Thursday, June 17: Accessing An Age-Friendly Society
  • Tuesday, June 29: Economic Empowerment

The feedback of each consultation session will be included in a comprehensive report that will be used to develop a set of recommendations for Mississauga’s City Council.

These recommendations will also pinpoint strategies for advocacy and provide recommendations for Peel Region, as well as the provincial and the federal governments.

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