Since February 2017, the Anti-Racism Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) actively works to counter all forms of racism. The main objective of the ARC-NL is to promote and support a culture of anti-racism within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Building a culture of anti-racism within the province is crucial to address all forms of racisms, including anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-immigrant/anti-refugee xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and other forms of religious intolerance.
Relationship-building is crucial to ARC-NL’s campaigns and initiatives. We continue to outreach and build relationships with anti-racist, Indigenous, Black, racialized, immigrant/refugee and religiously diverse community members and organizations. We have developed several campaigns and community-based partnerships, including, for example, a community-university engagement project with Addressing Islamophobia in Newfoundland and Labrador (https://twitter.com/AddressingNL).
- To support and respond to existing local, provincial, national and global anti-racist and anti-xenophobia initiatives.
- To develop, coordinate and carry out appropriate local and provincial responses to racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance/discrimination and racialized hate.
- To develop and support community-building and educational initiatives which support a culture of anti-racism in our province.
Co-chairs and committee leads
The Campaigns & Advocacy Committee works to collaborate, organize, and mobilize towards building intersectional anti-racist movements in Newfoundland & Labrador. The Campaigns Committee strives for transparent, accessible, inclusive decision-making in choosing campaign(s) that they lean-in to or execute, based on goals of advocacy, fairness, and social justice.
The Education and Training Committee explores and provides education and training opportunities to diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses, organizations, advocacy groups, educators and administrators, governments, media outlets, cultural institutions, etc.). Through such actions, the Education and Training Committee works with others to address and/or prevent systemic racism towards the advancement of racial equity for Black, Indigenous, and racialized people in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Funding and Resources Committee supports the ARC-NL in achieving its goals by being in charge of the not-for-profit status of the coalition; banking and finances; various funding-related activities such as the preparation of project/grants proposals and the administration of projects.
The Partnerships Committee of ARC-NL focuses on building intentional partnerships in line with ARC-NL's strategic goals. In addition members of the Partnerships Committee continuously strive to find new ways to further the development of the coalition and secure more funding. The Partnerships Committee works with and across all ARC-NL committees.
The Communications and Social Media Committee coordinates and maintains a communication strategy for ARC-NL and its committees. It also supports ARC-NL by maintaining a social media presence to promote public engagement.