ABOUT US

NRARA

The Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association (NRARA) is determined to tackle the issue of racism in the Niagara Region and beyond, in order participate in the creation of a just and equal society.

Executive Members

Black, They/Them

A full-time undergraduate student at Brock University. "Be brave is not supposed to be easy" (Sam Berns)

Vicki-Lynn Smith

Black, She/Her

Vicki-Lynn is a fifth generation descendant of freedom seekers who settled in St. Catharines. She left St. Catharines to work in Toronto for 15 years followed by working in Ottawa for 17 years. She was involved in the Union of Taxation Employees local as a Steward, Vice-President, and President. She came back home to St.Catharines for retirement. Vicki-Lynn is a member of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee of the City of St. Catharines.

Saleh Waziruddin

South Asian, He/Him

Saleh focuses on the police reform and employment equity campaigns as well as individual cases. Saleh is also chair of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee of the City of St. Catharines. He lived in the USA where he was chair of the Anti-Discrimination Committee of the Islamic Council of Greater Pittsburgh and campaigned on freeing people falsely arrested as well as special registration and discrimination cases.

Past Successful Campaigns

FACER STREET EUROPEAN FESTIVAL – The historically mixed race neighbourhood of Facer St in St. Catharines was being promoted as “European” at a festival with racist t-shirts such as “Make Facer St. Great Again” or “Straight Out of Facer St.” We succeeded after campaigning to remove exclusionary references to Europe including “Little Europe” street signs.

ST. CATHARINES ANTI-RACISM AND LGBTQ+ COMMITTEES – After a yearlong campaign facing opposition we persuaded the City of St Catharines to establish separate Anti-Racism and LGBTQ+ Committees instead of one big catch-all “diversity” committee.

|  Anti-Racism Advisory Committee  |  LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee  |

History

The Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association (NRARA) was founded in the summer of 2018 by a Black women and two BIPOC trans folk who experienced anti-Black racism in a previous local anti-racism organization. NRARA’s current campaigns include police reforms in the NRPS (Niagara Regional Police Service), employment equity, and school reforms in the District School Board of Niagara.