COVID-19 discriminates. It’s not, as some say, the great equalizer. It lays bare existing inequalities and the cruelty of our economic system. Unable to “go home and stay home,” many Indigenous and racialized people are living — and still working — in impossible conditions.
We stand with those who believe that no one is safe until everyone is safe. We’re a collaborator in advocating for public policies and programs that benefit everyone. We’re a supporter of persistent community organizers who amplify the voices of people most affected by this crisis, and keep them connected to each other. We’re also a contributor to organizations trusted to reach those who fall through holes in public and charitable safety nets.
So far, we’ve made three rapid response grants.
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants for precariously employed workers who are susceptible to exploitation or stuck in unsafe conditions.
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council for urban Indigenous families who are among the hardest hit by economic disruptions and need basic services like food and housing.
North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres for Indigenous families outside Toronto who need food, personal care supplies, transportation subsidies, and other basic supports to manage during the crisis.
The Vancouver Foundation and its partners Vancity, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the City of Vancouver have inspired us to tell the world who we’re holding in our hearts at this time.
“The unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 has created an historical moment for extraordinary caring and exceptional unity,” they say. “It makes our hearts full to do our part. We invite you to join us. So go ahead — and share what’s in your heart today.”
Look for #InOurHearts and #DoingOurPart in social media and elsewhere. You’ll find our response there. Now it’s your turn. Who’s work inspires you? Who are you carrying in your heart right now? How are you doing your part?