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Dear friends of Empowerment Squared,

As we observe the events unfolding in the United States and the world around us, we believe it is important to reach out and share our perspective.

For more than a decade, we have worked to provide opportunities for newcomers and other individuals and groups not only locally, but also globally. Many of the leaders, program participants, and volunteers of Empowerment Squared are members of the Black community. In pursuing our work, we recognize that, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated on June 1, 2020, “Anti-Black racism is real. Unconscious bias is real. Systemic discrimination is real. And they happen here, in Canada.”

We are committed to building up communities and people (especially Black youth), to ensure that they are equipped to succeed in the world. We seek to challenge and change perspectives, structures, and systems in our society that facilitate anti-Black racism. While we are proud of the impact we make, we also know that major changes are needed to address the deep and complex issues that stand at the root of these ongoing inequities.

We stand in solidarity with the Black community. We stand in solidarity with leaders and allies who are actively working to build a more equitable, just, safe, and fair society. We remain committed to pursuing our mission and being reflective on how we should evolve our approach consistent with the needs of our community. We appreciate the ongoing support that Empowerment Squared continues to receive.

We do not have all the answers, but we will continue to play our part.

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