Only days before the Olympic closing ceremonies, Councillor Woodsworth is trying to bring attention to issues of racism and discrimination that affect cities. While the opening ceremonies were considered by many not to be sufficiently culturally inclusive, Woodsworth is hoping the closing ceremonies will be more representative. She is bringing a motion to council next week to endorse a national campaign initiated by the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. The full motion can be seen here: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20100302/documents/motionb3.pdf.
According to Woodsworth, “the City of Vancouver, as one of the most diverse cities in Canada — if not the world — has the opportunity to join other major cities by becoming a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. The opening ceremonies made the majority of our citizens invisible during the lighting of the torch, carrying of the flag and in other significant roles — demonstrating that, once again, systemic racism is often invisible."
Woodsworth is hoping the City of Vancouver will take a public stand to express its strong and ongoing commitment to fight racism.