Letter To The Editor:
End of an era: Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee winding down
After more than three decades of advocating for and promoting harmonious relations in the community, the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee (SLARC) is coming to a close.
In 1988, the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee was initiated by the local municipal government to address and promote meaningful relations between the Anishinaabe people and Sioux Lookout. In the 1980s, due to the establishment of many First Nations organizations, SLARC was set up to foster positive relations as the whole community and region benefitted from the economic growth of regional First Nations entities.
The Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee worked with various sectors of the community to promote: awareness, cross cultural exchanges, policy changes, conflict resolution exercises and cultural activities.
Former SLARC chair and long-time advocate Terry Lynne Jewell said, “Times and issues have changed over the years in Sioux Lookout. The time has come to find other means to fight the growth of such realities as the spread of hatred, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia and Islamophobia.
“While there is a lot of work that remains, perhaps a new initiative may be established to address the realities and challenges we face as a society today, and those we face in Sioux Lookout.”
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 a community gathering will take place at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre at 7 p.m. in Sioux Lookout to dissolve the organization, disperse assets and close all accounts.
Jewell concluded, “It will also be a time to reflect on the organization’s accomplishments over the years. The Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee leaves a legacy of promoting harmonious relations for the betterment of all. If you were involved in the work of SLARC – in a large or small way - we thank you all.”
Terry Lynne Jewell