We all have a part to play in making Canada a great and inclusive place to age for everyone.
This month’s protests against anti-Black racism remind us that we have a long way to go in protecting people of colour from discrimination based on race—an issue further exacerbated by ageism for our Black seniors.
As Canada’s loudest voice for older adults, CARP stands with our older Black population and vows to stand up for every senior, of every colour, and fight to protect their right to live in dignity and with respect. Racism, like ageism, has no place in our vision of a better future as we age.
It’s also a reminder that we must all stay uncomfortable with the status quo. Uncomfortable with the sad truth that Black people are not given the same platform as their white counterparts to thrive and succeed. Uncomfortable that people of colour are disproportionately more likely to be arrested and be victimized by acts of violence. Uncomfortable with the complacency that has allowed prejudice to proliferate under the surface of our society for far too long.
The time to take action is now.
CARP renews its commitment to serve our Black seniors and seniors of colour, pushing for public policy that takes into account their lived experiences and the unique challenges they face. Your voices matter, and we’re here to listen—and ensure government listens, too.
Black Lives, and Black seniors, Matter.