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Vancouver hiring lifeguards: “decolonization and equity” focused applicants only

Apparently so-called “decolonizing” is important to apply for the role of a lifeguard in Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver is advertising a job posting for a lifeguard position, however if you’re not committed to the woke ideals of “decolonization and equity” you will be denied the position.

“The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is inviting applications from interested and qualified candidates for the summer intake of Lifeguard I employees for various outdoor pools and beaches in Vancouver,” the ad states.

“…the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.”

Decolonization, as described by the University of British Columbia, is “the repatriation that Indigenous land and life” The practice looks to destroy what they see to be colonial institutions that are harmful to First Nations and are “systemically racist.”

The concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion have been adopted by significant public and private institutions across Canada and frequently go hand in hand with “decolonization.”

In part of showing how devoted the City of Vancouver is to being inclusive, discrimination is highlighted saying applicants that want the job must be so-called “fully vaccinated” against Covid-19.

“The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment,” the ad explains.

Anyone that lands the job will be paid $30.81 per hour in a part time position for a casual length of time.

Earlier this year in May, BC Rise reported a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act to legislate “decolonization and anti-racism” into policing. 

“Throughout the consultation, Members heard clear evidence of systemic racism in policing as well as the colonial structure of police services,” the report said. 

“To address these issues, Members recommend including anti-racism and decolonization as values in a new Community Safety and Policing Act, implementing mandatory and ongoing anti-racism and cultural competency training that is delivered in a meaningful way.”

In July BC rise reported the Village of Queen Charlotte on Haida Gwaii “decolonized” the village’s name to Village of Daajing Giids, pronounced daw-jean geeds, which is its ancestral Haida name.

Also in July the City of New Westminster also announced it will be removing Royal City branding from the city in the name of “reconciliation”. while Powell River hospital will be changing its name to Qathet General Hospital also fo so-called “reconciliation”.

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Jordan is a casual reporter for BC Rise


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