Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Equity Diversity and Inclusion
In 2021 the CAG established two ad hoc Committees to address a host of social justice and inclusion issues. We have seen the successful formation of the Decolonization and Indigenization Committee, and are in the process of forming a Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The hope has been that member perspectives will inform the purpose and function of the EDI Committee, and identify the values the membership wants the CAG to uphold. With this in mind, a focus group with Bakau Consulting was held in February, 2023. The resulting report influenced the development of our Terms of Reference, approved by the CAG Executive in June, 2023.
The mandate of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee:
Recognize areas where inequities have already been identified and system change is needed, and identify opportunities to advance EDI efforts;
Support and strengthen EDI work already being done by Canadian geographers and CAG working groups (e.g., Decolonizing & Indigenizing Standing Committee and Feminist Intersectionality Solidarity Group);
Build capacity within the CAG to increase participation in EDI work and help initiatives flourish. This is collective work, not to be shouldered by “equity deserving” or “minority” people or groups, but requires interest and accountability from those in positions of power;
Create safer spaces to discuss and engage with EDI topics as part of CAG processes, such as the Annual National Conference, Annual General Meetings, and Executive Meetings;
Help to maintain intentionality and accountability for EDI initiatives
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