Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. stands with everyone fighting anti-Black racism. We are all saddened and angered by recent anti-Black violence in the US and Canada.
We agree that as a community we can no longer sit idle, so we stand with members of the Black community and other disadvantaged communities, we stand with those fighting anti-Black racism. We stand for unity, equality, and safety for all men, women, and children regardless of race, class, gender, nationality. As we continue to work diligently to assist disadvantaged women in the Windsor-Essex community, we shall continue to challenge anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination that exist in our community as we remain committed to the fight for more inclusive representation in workplaces.
Although we often think of Canada as a beacon for multiculturalism, pervasive yet often covert racism is a part of the daily lives of our friends and colleagues and women we serve. We join Canada in acknowledging the pain felt due to racial violence and expressing the need for our community to come together in solidarity to fight against racism and intolerance.
WEST demonstrates our commitment to inclusion through representation. Our Board of Directors, our staff and the participants we work with in our programs all represent the diversity seen across world. We work daily towards fighting for equality by promoting inclusive representation in workplaces across the community. WEST will continue to be a leader in the community and committed to fighting against racism and intolerance. Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. was incorporated in 1987 to improve the employability skills of
severely-employment disadvantaged women in order to improve their employability in the workforce and or to further their education.
Educational anti-Black racism resources:
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide https://tinyurl.com/antiracistresourceguide
- Dr. Charmaine Nelson of McGill University (booklist here https://www.mcgill.ca/ahcs/people-contacts/faculty/nelson),
- Kathy Hogarth at U of waterloo (https://uwaterloo.ca/renison/people-profiles/kathy-hogarth)
- artist Camille Turner (http://camilleturner.com/press/)
- phd candidate Natasha Henry working on her dissertation “dissertation, One Too Many: The Enslavement of Africans in Early Ontario, 1760 – 1834”
- Excellent resource list here
- For additional ways to take action, please see this resource list from #BlackLivesMatter.