The Inter-Council Network, the coalition of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in our network, communities and globally that have been and are personally affected by systemic racism, discrimination and oppression.
We take this opportunity, brought about by immense grief, to demand action and accountability. We’re encouraged with the world listening to diverse voices but are cognizant that we need to do a lot more, as humanity, but also individuals and a network. We’re committed to listening, learning, and most importantly: change. We’re committed to anti-racism action, to addressing our internalized biases. We look forward to more diverse spaces and voices and to continued learning.
In the past few weeks, the eight Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation have been reflecting and considering how their positions of power and privilege can be leveraged to effect change. Read statements from the eight provincial and regional councils below.
As a national network of organizations and individuals working towards global social justice, universal sustainable development, and positive change, we join the millions around the world in affirming that Black Lives Matter.