The Olds Mayor says he was honoured to bring greetings on behalf of the town during a recent peaceful anti-racism rally at Centennial Park. Michael Muzychka says it was organized by a local high school student in partnership with the UBUNTU group out of Red Deer and between 100 to 125 individuals attended. He notes the town is trying to participate in the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association's welcoming and inclusive community initiative as well.
The Olds Mayor says he was honoured to bring greetings on behalf of the town during a peaceful anti-racism rally on Saturday, July 4th at Centennial Park.
Michael Muzychka says it was organized by a local high school student in partnership with the UBUNTU group out of Red Deer and between 100 to 125 individuals attended.
Mayor Muzychka adds, the town is committed to promoting and developing a welcoming and inclusive community.
Mayor Muzychka says a number of staff members from the town of Olds have also taken Indigenous awareness training and several have completed the course certifications.
Mayor Muzychka says Olds council also passed a motion in December of 2019 to participate in "understanding and addressing racism in rural Canada" through the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities and the University of Alberta. Unfortunately, he adds, that program was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
96.5 CKFM spoke to Mayor Michael Muzychka on Monday, July 6th.
Town of Olds Press Release - July 4th, 2020
The Town of Olds works hard to build partnerships with businesses, religious groups and other community organizations to foster a culturally diverse community. Rural communities are becoming more and more diverse and it is important, both in terms of social cohesion and in terms of cultural and economic development, that we come to better understand this diversity.
As a progressive, growing community Olds prides itself on being an active rural leader. Our community strives to be recognized for being a community that celebrates diversity, where we show respect for one another and where acts of fear and ignorance displayed in forms like racism and discrimination are not tolerated.
The Town is committed to building rapport, facilitating relationships, and understanding diversity in order to reduce barriers. Many initiatives in Olds align with a commitment to effectively address societal issues related to cultural diversity.
“Conversations change communities. It is events like the Olds peaceful anti-racism rally that create opportunities for sharing experiences. Many of us are here today to listen and learn,” stated Mayor Michael Muzychka. “We are grateful for those who have the courage to share their stories,” he added. “The Town of Olds will continue to facilitate conversations and continue to take steps to grow our community together.”