Systemic racism and intersectional oppression disproportionately impact the mental well-being of Black and Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) in Canada every single day. We recognize that in mental health, there is a massive disparity in how BIPOC are not only listened to but supported on every level. We have been listening, we have been learning, and the time to address these inequities is now.
We continue to look within our own organization and focus on where we need to make the changes necessary to ensure that our commitment to equality remains at the forefront.
This commitment is a process, but as a starting point,
- Unison is closely reviewing and examining what steps our counselling partner Morneau Shepell is taking to provide specialized counselling and health services for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities
- Unison is undergoing changes to our Board of Directors with an internal commitment towards a more diverse, inclusive and accurate representation of our communities
- As Unison curates panels and discussions within the music community, we are dedicated to amplifying the voices of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities and creating a diverse and inclusive safe space at all times
- Unison is dedicated to learning, collecting, and sharing resources with our network that supports the mental health and wellness of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities
We stand behind our obligation to do the work for justice and equality for BIPOC members of the music community. Not just today or this week but always. We welcome any and all discussions on how we can improve our services. It is our responsibility to be better and do the work for the members of our music community, and we are only just getting started.
Please remember to be safe and take care of your mental health. For support doing these times, please call our toll-free counselling and health solutions hotline: 1-855-9UNISON (1-855-986-4766).