Statements of Support from the League of Canadian Poets

As an organization, the League of Canadian Poets is committed to recognizing the ongoing harm that marginalized communities face in Canada today. While our individual hearts break with each new headline of hate or discrimination, we are proud to issue formal statements of support for the affected communities, and to practice with an anti-oppression framework.

We stand in mourning alongside Indigenous communities who grieve the loss of the children and individuals whose remains continue to be discovered at residential school sites across the country.

We support the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and stand in solidarity with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and PEN America in condemning all hate crimes against Asians and Asian Canadians, particularly the rise of these offenses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities who have been the targets and victims of racism, prejudice, police brutality, and acts of violence. We support all who speak out, take action, and peacefully protest to bring an end to systemic racism.

Please take time to read our full statements:

Statement in Support of Iranian Women’s Rights and Iran’s Fight for Freedom – November 2022

League of Canadian Poets’ statement of support and call to action regarding the missing and murdered Indigenous children from Canada’s Residential Schools  – June 2021

Statement of support in solidarity against hate for Asians and Asian Canadians  – July 2020

Statement of Support for Black and Indigenous People and Communities  – June 2020