Addressing racial justice from the inside out

One of Indwell’s three core values is ‘Dignity’- the recognition of each person’s inherent value as an image bearer of God. In 2011, this value drove us to seek out the teaching of civil rights leader Dr. John Perkins and open the Perkins Centre in Hamilton. In 2019, this value encouraged us to better understand the challenges and needs of Indigenous people in Ontario and commit 20% of our units at Hamilton’s McQuesten Lofts to our Indigenous neighbours.

Over the past year, the death of George Floyd, the public attention on honouring Black lives, and our experiences of racial injustice within the homeless sector challenged us to ask how we can maintain a posture of pursuing justice for all. Alongside conversations in our teams, a racial justice working group was created to ensure that our faith continues to inform Indwell’s commitment to racial justice. With this group’s leadership, we will remain committed to honouring each other and remembering God’s heart for all people.

Dr. John Perkins portrait - contemplative
Dr. John M. Perkins at Indwell’s grand opening for the Perkins Centre in September 2011
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