The International Coalition of Cities Against Racism was launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004 in response to the increasing acts of racism and discrimination around the world. In the following year, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) established the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) and began to invite municipalities to join the Coalition. In 2019 CCMARD was renamed the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (CIM) but the mandate remains the same.

The City of Lethbridge became a signatory to the Coalition when Council passed Resolution 555-E Appendix C. Becoming a signatory community into Coalition signaled a clear and public commitment to building a welcoming and inclusive Lethbridge.

As a member municipality, Lethbridge adopted the 10 Common Commitments:


  1. Increase vigilance against systemic and individual racism and discrimination.

  2. Monitor racism and discrimination in the community more broadly as well as municipal actions taken to address racism and discrimination.

  3. Inform and support individuals who experience racism and discrimination.

  4. Support policing services in their efforts to be exemplary institutions in the fight against racism and discrimination.

  5. Provide equal opportunities as an employer, service provider and contractor.

  6. Support measures to promote equity in the labour market.

  7. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity housing.

  8. Involve citizens by giving them a voice in initiatives and decision making.

  9. Support measures to challenge racism and discrimination and promote diversity and equal opportunity in the education sector and other forms of learning.

  10. Promote respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and the inclusion of Aboriginal and racialized and marginalized communities into the cultural fabric of the municipality.

LDIA supports the City of Lethbridge at arm’s length to aid its commitments to CIM, in particular # 8.