Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We believe equity, diversity and inclusion is about creating a departmental culture that embraces the uniqueness of individuals and is representative of the Canadian population1.

Equity means that people of all identities are treated fairly. Their individual rights, responsibilities and opportunities are not dependent upon identity.

Diversity consists of the conditions, expressions, and experiences of different individuals. It encompasses the unique qualities and characteristics that we all possess.

Inclusion is the cultivation of an environment in which all people are respected, where their differences are embraced, and where they all have access to the same opportunities.

We value equity, diversity, and inclusion because every person has a right to equal treatment, and we are strengthened by diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. Building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive department is collaborative and requires those in positions of privilege to be allies to those who are marginalized.

Our goals are to foster a diverse and inclusive environment by continuous and active engagement of all department members and to remove barriers faced by equity-seeking groups. We will create, support and maintain a learning, research, and work environment that is free from discriminatory and intimidating behaviour. We will continuously address issues related to equity-seeking groups that include, but are not limited to, those represented by race, sex, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, and socioeconomic status. In the spirit of reconciliation, we will also strive to develop and enhance existing Indigenous relationships.

We act by maintaining an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee that not only includes members of equity-seeking groups, but also their allies. We will develop and promote initiatives that advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in our curriculum, hiring and promotion policies, and organized events. These efforts will be guided by evidence of successful approaches that act to remove barriers to inclusion. We will provide allyship, mentorship, and sponsorship to ensure that all members of our department are treated in a fair and ethical manner, and are supported in their path to success.

1https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/topics-start/gender_diversity_and_inclusion