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A toolkit to strengthen inclusion and diversity initiatives

Toolkit

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has been putting together a series of toolkits to help organizations and communities make diversity and inclusion a priority in their workplace.  In this third toolkit, they provide practical suggestions and strategies for the challenge of dealing with fear and resistance to diversity and inclusion initiatives.  

 

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Canada's parliament and its diversity problem

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Canada is widely renowned for being a 'diverse mosaic'. However, a newly released study by Kai Chan concludes that Canada's current Conservative government and cabinet are not an accurate reflection of our population. 

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Watch: Author Reza Aslan talks Islamophobia in Canadian context

Issues of Islamophobia are in the headlines again as Western societies grapple with the ramifications of the Paris attacks. Author and academic Reza Aslan spoke on the issue of Islamophobia at the National Council of Canadian Muslims' Gala in 2014 in Toronto.

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Wikipedia not welcoming environment for women

October 26, 2014
| A survey by the Wikipedia Foundation discovered that more than 85 per cent of editors are men. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are one attempt to address this imbalance, but women are still holding back.
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Why does culture rob girls of role models?

Photo: flickr/U.S. Embassy, Jakarta

"You can't be what you can't see." -- Marian Wright Edelman, human rights activist

I can't begin to imagine life as a teenage girl nowadays. Just turn on the television, check out Facebook, stand at a bus station or take a walk in a mall.

The countless images bombarding all of us highlight artificial standards of female beauty. Studies show that these images are negatively affecting how young women and girls perceive themselves.

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Video: Re-imagining Black Barbie

Operation Maple speaks with Queen Cee, the founder and director of Be-You-Tiful Girls Club about her search for finding black dolls in Canada for her daughter, token Black Barbies and the launch of her new project Be-You-Tiful Girls Club that encourages parents and their children to design Barbies that reflect themselves.

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We can make our schools inclusive. Will we?

Photo: flickr/Oregon Department of Transportation
Earlier this month, the Toronto District School Board was in hot water after it's plan to help Somali-Canadian youth in school became controversial. Parents argue the plans marginalize their kids.

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Canadian schools must be culturally inclusive. Why aren't they?

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The country's largest and most diverse school board was in the spotlight earlier this month for all the wrong reasons. 

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB)'s plan to help Somali-Canadian youth better succeed in school erupted in controversy when a segment of the community denounced their efforts.

"Our children are born and raised in Canada; we don't need a special brand of education," argued one parent. "We don't need more labelling and separation; we've had enough already." 

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Why are visible minorities invisible in Canadian media?

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"The world we inhabit is a world of representation. Media do not merely present a reality that exists 'out there'; nor do they simply reproduce or circulate knowledge. As active producers of knowledge, media construct and constitute the very reality of our existence." -- Augie Fleras and Jean Lock Kunz, Media & Minorities; Representing Diversity in a Multicultural Canada

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Quebec Charter of Values.

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