The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) was launched in April 2018 as a collaborative pilot project involving the City of Hamilton, McMaster University and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. HARRC arose from community need for a resource centre that addresses issues facing Hamilton residents experiencing racism and discrimination. The launch was informed by years of hardwork by the City’s Committee Against Racism (CAR) and other community advocates.
HARRC was paused in February 2019 to allow for more community engagement and stakeholders’ input to better define the centre’s mandate, activities and success factors.
The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) continues to be envisioned as an organization that provides advocacy, community resources, evidence-based research and strategic support to residents experiencing racism and discrimination within the community.
In 2019, various public engagement activities were conducted, with a staff recommendations report. In December 2019, City Council endorsed recommendations and directed staff to retain a consultant and re-establish HARRC with an independent Board of Directors. Council also directed that the re-establishment process must be informed by residents with lived-experiences, and by the lenses of equity, diversity and inclusion.
In June 2020, a community survey was launched, which ran from June 16 to 30. The survey requested public input on the key qualifications and experiences required in a HARRC consultant. The input helped the City launch a successful procurement process between July and September 2020. The successful HARRC consultant is Hamilton-based EMpower Strategy Group.
Manager, Community Initiatives
City Manager’s Office
Phone 905-546-2424 x 1564
Email [email protected]
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