The Atlantic Provinces Library Association recognizes that anti-racism work is qualitatively different from other kinds of work undertaken by our members, and that we ask much of our members who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) when we seek their guidance in the formation of an anti-racism statement and action plan.
In acknowledgement, we would like to revise our call for such guidance, originally posted on September 14th. We would now like to ask for an initial consultation with interested BIPOC members. The consultation is not to exceed one hour, for which we offer an honorarium of 100 CAD as well as free registration to our virtual conference. Our wish to support all members in advancing anti-racism in Atlantic Canada by engaging in advocacy which has been directly informed by BIPOC members remains unchanged.
The APLA Executive recognizes that to be meaningful and have lasting impact, anti-racism work must be reflected in our structures and budget. We have asked the Advocacy Committee to prepare a 2021 budget request to support the work suggested by the consultations above.
If you are interested in assisting the Association in its response, please contact Louise White, APLA Advocacy Convenor, at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by October 10, 2020.
Links to statements by CFLA/-FCAB and other library associations can be found here<https://librarianship.ca/blog/statements-racism-injustice/>.
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