We are committed to building an accessible, civil, supportive environment by including people across a range of religions, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, abilities, ages and socioeconomic classes. Our current Action Plan combines a systemic approach to decolonization with a recognition of the significance that Indigenous and racialized immigrants/migrants provide, and engages staff and Board in implementing a work plan examining how we support the community in general, and how to locate structural/service gaps within our organization.
While we realise that decolonization is lengthy and complex, we begin this process by addressing a primary critique arising from our Action Plan: our Board of Directors does not represent the communities we support. The Board recognizes this gap between intention and reality, and is willing to initiate a process on how to include meaningful participation by members of these communities.
We plan to involve two facilitators in the process: one Indigenous and one migrant organizer. Their guidance and assistance will be the main driver in shaping of the conversation with the Board, staff and communities.
In order to implement this process, we will ask Indigenous/First Nations and Migrant organizations, groups, and communities with whom we are already connected to share practical/creative approaches to rebuilding our process. Members these groups have expressed their willingness to accompany us on this path.