Irene Ekweozoh, a PhD student with dual Canadian-Nigerian citizenship living in Waterloo, is scheduled to appear for a First Hearing on November 3rd, in Kitchener, on a charge of assault. She believes that, in the early stages of the dispute, Waterloo Regional Police Service officers did not adequately and appropriately address her spoken and written concerns, despite multiple opportunities to do so. She also states that she believes that the officers failed to protect her from her accuser and gave preferential treatment to her accuser’s statements.
The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) exists to promote the social, cultural and economic interests of, and advocate for, the Caribbean community in the Region of Waterloo. The Caribbean has always been a melting pot of peoples and cultures: our ancestors hail from Africa, Asia, Europe and other parts of the world. We believe that equality, mutual respect and pursuing the common good are the bases for building a just and healthy society. We are also citizens of Canada and enthusiastic supporters of multiculturalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We stand with those who protest and stand against racism, discrimination, prejudice and all other forms of hate.
We wish Irene Ekweozoh to know that we support her efforts for the justice and fair treatment that she believes she deserves. Along with the wider community, we will be paying very close attention to the First Appearance Hearing and all subsequent events and proceedings. Historically, the voices of racialized people have gone unheard and are often overlooked. It is important that we all work together to create a more just society where the voices of our Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, are listened to. We believe that all residents who experience injustice deserve to have their experiences named, corrected and prevented from ever being repeated.
“Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done.”
-Lord Chief Justice Hewart
The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region.