This past weekend many of us celebrated the incredible women in our lives for Mother’s Day. As the day unfolded I began thinking that, if we’re truly committed to honouring and celebrating women as we proclaim on Mother’s Day, we should also commit to several other things.
Without pushing aggressively for change, change will never come. When it comes to social change, the words, “Look how far we’ve come,” could mean a person doesn’t see meaningful change in their lifetime. For the institutions of the EPS and UCP, change can’t come soon enough.
This International Women’s Day, I’ve spent time reflecting on the devastating impact COVID has had on the progress of women. Women have been the ones to care for and educate our children, look after our aging parents, and work remotely to meet job expectations that largely ignore these new burdens. For many, trying to shoulder all of that has meant stepping back from the workforce. It is from this lens that I renew my commitment to continue to forge change in our world.
Our children must be raised to understand the world is more than just a white-centered, settler-positive, Judeo-Christian place. Our schools play a crucial role in that education.
As I (and so many parents) wrestle with Alberta’s school re-entry plan, I acknowledge that there will be an element of risk and no plan will be perfect. However, recklessness at the expense of the health and safety of our children, teachers, and support staff is completely unacceptable. There are a number of questions we should all be asking (repeatedly if need be) until we get clear answers.
The injustice of the events over the past few months (and the shift I’ve seen in the world these past several years) is a constant source of frustration. As a straight, white man with privilege I’ll never fully understand, my responsibility is to spend that privilege to bring about changes that overcome injustice and inequity.
I’m not ok with an ineffective program that harms the perception of men of colour, endorses a private company putting bounties on Canadians, and moves us towards American-style policing.
This isn’t Edmonton. It isn’t Canada. And I’m speaking up against it.