What if we had a National Plan for Belonging that centred residents and community groups to design and deliver local approaches in the voice of their own communities and that was sustained with dedicated resources committed to providing care for our community caretakers?
A plan that:
1. Brings together cross-sector collaboration to build alliances of individuals, associations, and organizations to come together to share resources and expertise
2. Centres Indigenous Peoples, Black Canadians, and other racialized peoples; people with low incomes; people with disabilities; members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community; official language minority communities; recent newcomers; youth; and people with multiple of these identities
3. Shifts power, funds, and other resources to residents, informational associations, and the community
4. Results in population-level change. Ultimately, it would increase the sense of contribution, power, belonging, equity, and sense of possibility reported by all people engaged in sustaining our democracy by way of community-led involvement