Whereas: Millions are seeking asylum, fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and often suffering and even dying in the process.
Whereas: Grandview -Woodland is a neighbouhood built by and for immigrants from all over the world. The presence of diverse communities is part of what makes Grandview -Woodland a good place to live. Neighbours have always welcomed refugees here.
Whereas: Organizations like Mosaic and Kinbrace have built a robust refugee settlement and services infrastructure in the neighbourhood.
Whereas: The City of Vancouver’s Local Area Plans for Grandview- Woodland anticipate growth in the area’s population over the coming years.
Be it Resolved That: Grandview -Woodland Area Council is shocked at the deaths that have taken place in this crisis and is moved to speak out in solidarity with refugees. Refugees are welcome in Grandview -Woodland. Grandview Woodland Area Council stands in solidarity with organizations seeking to sponsor and settle refugees in East Vancouver.
Be if Further Resolved That: GWAC urges organizations and residents who are able to sponsor refugees from the region to do so.