Chamber Speaks Out Against Racism
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is saddened to learn of racist material being circulated at local schools, particularly on Orange Shirt Day when we acknowledge the impact residential schools have had on our indigenous friends and neighbours. In fact, Chamber staff wore orange to remember that all children matter.
We also want to point out that schools and school grounds must be considered a safe environment for all students, families and staff.
We know Greater Vernon to be a caring, open and compassionate community, and we are confident these actions do not represent the majority of residents. That said, we must all reflect on what has occurred and be clear that such actions are not acceptable. Racism will not be tolerated in workplaces, schools, sports fields or anywhere.
Our community, our economy and our lives are enriched by the diversity that exists. We are stronger together.