“One of the critical issues is if Fredericton is going to grow, it’s going to accept everyone,” Ncube said. “Fredericton needs to look into the fact that there are immigrants, there are new people who are coming in.
“And one of the things that makes people come in and not want to stay in Fredericton, and not want to stay in New Brunswick as a province, is because of employment difficulties.”
Ncube said he also wants to see city hall do more to ensure members of minority groups feel welcome when they use municipally owned facilities.
“If I go to a swimming pool, do I feel I belong there? You know there are some places … where you get in and feel like maybe I don’t belong in here.”
The City of Fredericton announced the 15-member task force in August 2021, after Mayor Kate Rogers vowed before her election that she would combat racism in the city.
Ncube’s presentation Thursday was about the work the task force has done in the months since it first met last March.
He said the task force has established a governance structure and set up sub-committees to come up with recommendations to be brought before city council, Ncube said.
Ncube didn’t share any recommendations during his presentation but said the task force has been hearing form residents about their experiences and will formally present recommendations to councillors at a later date.
Speaking after his presentation, Ncube said racism exists everywhere in the world, with Fredericton being no exception.
In February 2021, CBC News reported on the experience of racism by residents of Fredericton’s Doone Street, many of whom are immigrants.
Coun. Ruth Breen, the city council representative for the anti-racism task force, said she’s pleased with what it’s done so far.
“We are constantly faced with issues of racism, but more importantly, we really need to focus on the systemic racism, and what’s happening that’s creating barriers to full participation.”
Last December, Manju Varma, New Brunswick’s former commissioner of systemic racism, issued her long-awaited report, which most notably called for “a task force focused on dismantling systemic racism in New Brunswick policing.”
However, members of the Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaw and Black communities criticized her report for falling short of recommending the provincial government launch a public inquiry into system racism in New Brunswick.
Asked his thoughts on a public inquiry into racism, Ncube said it was a matter he needed to research before weighing in on.
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