We have an opportunity to build back better. We need a recovery map that fixes the systemic inequalities that are embedded in our communities.
It is tempting to want to return to the status quo pre-Covid, but that cannot happen. There were too many crises raging that will worsen if nothing is done. For example, last month Vancouver recorded our highest number of opioid related deaths. Income inequality, an inadequate social safety net and climate change are just three of the crises that must be addressed.
We have an opportunity to redesign our economic programs, social infrastructure and public services to build an inclusive, fairer and more resilient economy. During Covid we learned that we need to invest in our workers, our shared prosperity and to have economic justice for historically marginalized groups.
We can all agree that out of Covid, we are more aware of care and compassion. Dr. Henry’s words, “Be Kind. Be Safe. Be Calm” resonated with us.
CCEC was formed in 1976 by groups who were unable to access financial services through banks and other credit unions. We continue working to reduce barriers to open a bank account and to provide equitable and just access to financial services.
We encourage our members to get involved, speak up and be part of shaping our community economic development. For example, @JustRecovery and the #BuildBackBetter campaigns. Share your stories with us.