George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week by a police officer. Before the death of George Floyd, there was a long list of Black men and women killed or harassed by police brutality in the United States. In Canada, Black, Brown, and Indigenous people also suffer from systemic racism, which has led to deep inequality. The Camp Kintail community includes staff, campers, alumni, parents, and church leaders who live with this reality every day. The mission at Camp Kintail is to “create community for all” and for this to be true, we need to listen, learn, pray, and take action on racism. Over the last number of years, staff training has included learning about residential schools and understanding racial bias. But this is not enough. As Christians, we must honour the image of God found in each person. The Kintail board and staff will be re-evaluating our policies, procedures, and practices, and will work to create a place where all are able to be safe and brave and celebrated. If you have ideas, concerns, experiences, hopes about the on-going and always necessary work of anti-racism, I would love to have a conversation. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. May this moment be the time when we look back and say everything changed and nothing was ever the same.
Peace, Theresa “Trillium” McDonald-Lee & Johnathon “Mercury” Lee
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Learn more for yourself:
Learn how to talk to your children:
If you are not a person of colour, navigating your place within the system of racism and learning how to be an ally is challenging. We know that it can be hard personally, but also hard for parents to explain to children. We’ve compiled some resources that our team is finding helpful for speaking to children about race and racial injustice.
Tips sheet for parents from EmbraceRace
Articles for parents taking to children about race
Books for kids about racism
Presbyterian Church in Canada