September 6, 2022 Council Meeting - Direct Development of a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Plan
At the September 6, 2022, the Town Council received the American Leadership Forum Insights (ALFI) Discovery Report Regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and unanimously voted to direct the Town Manager to work with ALFI on the development of a JEDI Plan.
June 7, 2022 Council Meeting - Direction Regarding a Land Acknowledgement Regarding Aboriginal Homeland
At the June 7, 2022 Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to proceed with drafting a Land Acknowledgement in conjunction with the involved Indigenous Tribes to be used at the start of significant Council events/meetings, on the Town website, and/or written materials (to be determined once language is finalized), and to return to Council for consideration with the draft language.
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory we reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. Land Acknowledgments exist in a present tense, as opposed to a past or historical context.
In late 2021, the Town Council adopted civility guidelines for all Council and Commission meetings, being clear that:
- The Town embraces diversity and strongly condemns hate speech and offensive, hateful language or racial intolerance of any kind at Town meetings.
- Town Council and staff are well aware of the public's right to disagree with their professional opinion on various Town issues. However, anti-social behavior, slander, hatred, and bigotry statements are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form at Town meetings.
- All public comments at the Town Council meeting must pertain to items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Town and shall not contain slanderous statements, hared, and bigotry against non-public officials.