Statements and Commitments From the Canadian Library World on Racism

The website Librarianship.ca has put together a list of statements made by the Canadian library, archives, and museum community on racism, injustice, and violence.

The statements and commitments come from local, regional and national groups.

This includes a communiqué on anti-Black racism by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA). The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is one of the member organizations of the CFLA.

Earlier today, the CALL Executive Board and the CALL Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Committee issued a separate Open Letter to Membership: Black Lives Matter which outlines some of the association’s commitments to action:

Since Resolution 2018/1 [the resolution at CALL’s 2018 annual conference that formalized the existence of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Committee], we have offered our members, partners, and colleagues programming that furthers this mandate. We’ve offered programs on implicit bias; decolonization in legal information; speech, equality and transphobia; designing spaces to further accessibility and inclusion; and others. We believe these efforts are only the beginning (…)

Our next step will be to host a collective discussion at the start of a forthcoming Business Meeting to the CALL/ACBD membership. Details will follow in the coming days. We will invite comment on and additions to our list of resources and action opportunities. Members will be welcomed to the DIDC, to create content that addresses discrimination and systemic injustice that affects black, Indigenous, and racialized people in their interfaces with legal information work, the legal system, and our communities.

The Open Letter ends with a “living list of resources and action opportunities” on racism.

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