The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Joanne Vanderheyden issued the following statement on behalf nearly 2,000-member municipalities from coast to coast to coast in support of the people of Ukraine:
“FCM unites local governments across Canada to speak with one voice.
“That voice is most powerful when speaking for freedom. Since the Russian attack against Ukraine, local leaders have joined together to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all Canadians of Ukrainian heritage.
“The hundreds of thousands of Canadians who make up the Ukrainian diaspora in our country, as well as all those who have lived through the tragedy of war worldwide, are united as the nation of Ukraine is subject to a devastating and deadly attacks by Russian forces. An estimated 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are looking to nations around the world, including Canada, for support and for peace. In response, cities and communities across Canada have pledged to step up. Municipal leaders have expressed solidarity and are finding ways to help, whether working with other orders of government to prepare to welcome refugees, making donations, rallying citizens to focus support where it is most needed.
“Local governments play a vital role as promoters of peace, prosperity, and democracy for our citizens here at home and across the world. Communities are critical to the successful settling of refugees fleeing conflict, whether it be coordinating local supports, offering transit or shelter services, or taking the lead on inclusive integration. As municipal leaders, we pledge to work with the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments across the country to oppose this injustice, and to do more to welcome those fleeing conflicts in search of safety and security.
“We encourage Canadians and FCM members wishing to support those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine to donate to the Red Cross' Ukraine humanitarian crisis appeal.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unites 2,000 local governments at the national level, representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians in every province and territory.
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