This morning, as Canadians woke to the news of six lives cut short in Quebec City, we opened our inboxes at USC Canada to find a note of condolence from one of our partners:
"In the name of USC Canada-Mali and our partners... I send our condolences to the Canadian people and wish a prompt recovery to those who were hurt."
This expression of care and concern comes to us from our partner who works in remote Muslim communities near war-affected Douentza. They heard of this tragedy, and they mourn with us. We are connected, in work, and in vision.
Current events remind us that this organization was created in 1945 to provide assistance to people displaced by war. USC Canada has evolved over the years. Our programs now focus on seeds, family farmers and promoting justice. While the form of our work has changed, the core values that were present at our founding remain true to this day.
We are very concerned about discourse and policies of intolerance and fear, which promote instability and threaten the displaced. We stand in solidarity with all who are working for refugees and for healthy, diverse communities in Canada, the United States, and around the world.
"We hope security and peace returns to all countries of the world," said the note.
The condolences from our Malian partners this morning remind us that we are all in this together. When we build bridges and relationships, the world is better.