On anti-Black racism

We grieve Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Chevranna Abdi. We grieve the many more Black people who have died, including those whose names we will never know. Each name represents a preventable death of a Black person, within and beyond our colonial borders. We affirm Black Lives Matter in this time of Black deaths at the hands of police and white supremacy, this past week and beyond.

Yellow text in capital letters that reads "Black Lives Matter". Behind the text is a black and white image of a Black Lives Matter protest on a street.

At YouthCO, we believe Black Lives Matter. We affirm Black youth in our communities who are resisting, who are grieving, who are raging, who are organizing, who are resting, and who are afraid that they will be next. We affirm Black voices and Black leadership, and we recommit to the ongoing work of dismantling white supremacy, ending centuries of racial injustice, discrimination, and violence, and defunding institutions that harm us.

We know we have work to do, in our organization, in our programs, to create space for Black joy, Black leadership, and Black freedom. This week, we are affirming that Black Lives Matter, all of the ways Black people are responding in this moment of anti-Black violence, and identifying ways to put our belief that Black Lives Matter into action within our organization and in our programs.

We invite our colleagues within the HIV and Hep C movements to join us in this work, and we invite our communities to hold us accountable as we seek to put our beliefs into action.




Donate to Black-led organizations like Afro-Canadian Positive Network within and beyond our work in HIV and Hepatitis C.

Afro-Canadian Positive Network is a Black-led organization that does incredible work to provide direct support to Afro-Canadians, including newcomers, impacted by HIV. This volunteer-led organization provides important services to people experiencing anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and the related HIV stigma, poverty, and over-policing throughout Surrey, the Lower Mainland, and BC. Afro-Canadian Positive Network is a key partner in supporting Camp Moomba families year round, and is led by wonderful volunteers whose labour should be paid.

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!