Epilepsy Ottawa stands in solidarity with our members, colleagues, partners and greater community against systemic anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, hate and inequality. We have taken this time to listen and learn from Black and Indigenous voices and we have taken this time to reflect on ourselves.
Epilepsy is a disease that does not discriminate. Anyone of any culture, race, gender-identity or age can develop epilepsy. But we know that systemic racism and inequality amplifies the challenges that our members who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour with epilepsy face every day. It creates additional obstacles through each stage of their journey. This cannot be tolerated.
We are committed to our values of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We pledge to work towards better understanding the lived experience of BIPOC living with epilepsy and their families and strive to improve our cultural sensitivity, accessibility, and inclusivity. We will be vigilant in our steps towards encouraging anti-racist dialogue, and creating inclusive policies, programs, and services.
And most importantly, we will continue to listen. We will continue to listen to the voices of our BIPOC members and communities. Epilepsy Ottawa will always be a place where all people with epilepsy living in Eastern Ontario can get the help they need and feel part of a safe, and caring community.