The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) was formed in 2006 as a result of the work undertaken through the Strengthening Hamilton Community’s Initiative (SHCI), an initiative formed as a response to the burning of a local Hindu
Temple in 2001, the same year the terrorist attacks occurred in the United States on September 11th.
HCCI’s short-term goal was to deal with the distress in the community caused by the burning of the Hindu Temple, but it was anticipated that to address issues of racism in the longer term, a more profound systemic change would be required. Since 2001 our organization has worked with various marginalized communities to address their needs.
Like other not-for-profit organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted programs and forced community organizations to offer online programming. At the onset of the pandemic HCCI, DJNO, Hamilton Student Mobilization and Erich Cupboard offered food delivery programs for the most vulnerable in our city. We brought to the forefront the continued health inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.
As we prepare for 2022 HCCI is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming city by actively supporting community organizations and people working to build a more just Hamilton for all. We hope you join us and support our work in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
Kojo Damptey Crystal Mark
Executive Director Chair of HCCI
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