The City's Strategy to Combat Anti-Black Racism

The City of Markham stands against all forms of racism. The City of Markham acknowledges that racism exists in Canada and within the borders of the City of Markham in many shapes and forms. Racism is a violation of human rights. No form of racism is acceptable.

Despite human rights legislation and other legal measures to protect the rights of racialized people, anti-Black racism exists from coast-to-coast-to-coast and within the borders of the City of Markham, and we all have a role to play in disrupting and dismantling racism in all of its forms.

In July 2020, the City launched its strategy to combat anti-Black racism. The strategy includes a number of specific actions.


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Let's Talk About Racism — An Introduction to Anti-Black Racism

In order to raise awareness about the issue of racism and specifically anti-Black racism, the City is offering its Let’s Talk about Racism eLearning to the public. This is the same education that Markham Council and City staff have received.


Mayor's Black Youth Liaison Committee

Watch a special video message from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Sydney Baxter on the launch of the new Mayor’s Black Youth Liaison Committee:

The Mayor’s Black Youth Liaison Committee will be a voice for Black youth in the City of Markham by providing an open forum for youth to convey perspectives on issues and initiatives that are of particular importance to them. The Committee will provide guidance and advice to the City to support Black youth in the community and combat anti-Black racism, in collaboration with key City staff, including the City’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, political leaders and community stakeholders.

We are looking to fill a minimum of eight (8) spots (with 1 to 2 representatives from: Markham, Milliken, Thornhill and Unionville). Applicants must be between the ages of 15 to 19 at the start of the term and be a resident of the City of Markham.

Application deadline: April 19, 2021

Terms of Reference [PDF]

Apply online or

Download a paper copy of the application form and mail it to:

Laura Gold
Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Contact Laura Gold at 905.477.7000 extension 4930 or


Many Faces of Markham

Presented by the City of Markham Race Relations Committee, Many Faces of Markham is an annual initiative in support of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which takes place every year on March 21.

Many Faces of Markham was originally launched in 1999, and to this day, it continues to support the City’s longstanding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion. We are stronger together.


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