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Departure Announcement | Michael Bach

Posted on: November 14, 2022

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For almost ten years the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) and CCDI Consulting have been points of reference in the DEI sphere in Canada, educating and providing the tools to create a…

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International Stuttering Awareness Day, and Supporting Colleagues Who Stutter

Posted on: October 22, 2022

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International Stuttering Awareness Day, or International Stammering Awareness Day, (ISAD) is an annual celebration which takes place on October 22nd. The objective of this day is to raise awareness of…

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Coming Out Day, and Supporting the Coming Out Process at Work

Posted on: October 10, 2022

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Coming out can be a hard and extremely slow process, especially in a professional setting. I remember at one of my first office jobs, it took me around two years to come out in the workplace. (Yes, it…

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Creating Psychological Safety at Work (Part 1)

Posted on: September 15, 2022

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Employees thrive best in work environments where they feel appreciated, supported, and connected to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. When there is a disconnect between the…
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What to Do When the News Is Bad

Posted on: September 14, 2022

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A little more than a year ago, a Muslim family in London, Ontario, was killed while out for a walk after dinner. The community was left reeling by this hate crime. And organizations, both local and be…

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Measuring Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

Posted on: August 15, 2022

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By now, you know that workplace D&I makes a lot of cents (pun intended), not just for employee satisfaction and retention but for organizational health and profitability.
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5 Tips to Developing a Metric-Based Attitude Towards D&I

Posted on: August 15, 2022

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Have you decided that your diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts will gain more traction with the C-suite if they are grounded in measurable data or metrics? Do you want to quantifiably show the b…

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Eight Adult Learning Principles for DEI Training

Posted on: July 15, 2022

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Effective program design and training materials aimed at an adult audience should reflect that adults learn differently than younger people. Research by Malcolm Knowles1 in the 1960s made a clear dist…

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Accessibility all May? No, All Year.

Posted on: May 31, 2022

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By External Contributor Sydney Elaine Butler, Founder of Accessible Creates

 

What is Better Speech and Hearing Month? What is National AccessAbility Week?

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month,…

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The Devil is in the Details

Posted on: May 26, 2022

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When it comes to religious literacy, there can be a lot to think about. And while we may be committed to creating welcoming places centered on inclusion, a lack of important information can really tri…

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Employee Resource Groups: What Works and What Doesn’t

Posted on: May 24, 2022

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The formation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs), and/or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Groups were listed as one of the positive and most noteworthy change…

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Autism Acceptance Month

Posted on: April 14, 2022

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Submitted by: Sydney Elaine Butler, Founder of Accessible Creates, External Contributor
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April is Autism Acceptance Month, also known as Autism Awareness Month. The shift from "awareness month" to "…

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Microaggressions 101

Posted on: April 13, 2022

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Swarm of mosquitoes 

Microaggressions are like mosquito bites. 
They can add up and become more than a nuance and can become toxic.  

The term “microaggression” was coined in the early 1970s, but…

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Idioms to Avoid for More Inclusive Communication: Part 3

Posted on: April 4, 2022

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Idiom: “An expression unique to a language, especially one whose sense is not predictable from the meanings and arrangement of its elements, such as kick the bucket a slang term meaning ‘to die’, wh…

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What Are Pronouns and Why is It Important We Use Them?

Posted on: March 29, 2022

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Reposted with the permission of Dialectic, creators of Learning Snippets.

Words matter and so does the way people refer to us through our names and pronouns.

Image of 4 people with different pronouns (He/him, She/her, They/them, Ze/Hir)

Gender binary pronouns are well-ingrai…

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Inclusive Content: Make it for everyone

Posted on: March 28, 2022

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Focusing on readability, language use, and care in design helps meet the needs of all users. Designers’ choices may enable or disable users. The content may be good, but the choices for layout, font…

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Celebrating Baisakhi

Posted on: March 14, 2022

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by Brian Carwana, Founder, Encounter World Religions

Baisakhi, which happens this year on Thursday, April 14, is the most important holiday for many Sikhs. It celebrates an event in 1699 when the h…

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Working Women, Covid-19, and IDEA

Posted on: March 8, 2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive medical and economic disruption across the globe and there will be long-term disruptions; we won’t be returning to the pre-pandemic “normal.” Canada is bette…

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The Case for the Acronym IDEA

Posted on: March 7, 2022

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Although diversity isn’t a new sector, it is developing rapidly and diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives are now integral to efforts to achieve positive change within organizations. Definit…

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The Canadian Employment Equity Act: An Overview

Posted on: February 28, 2022

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In 1984 the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment was undertaken by Judge Rosalie Abella. Judge Abella created the Canadian concept of Employment Equity (instead of Affirmative Action, the term…

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IDEA Training - 5 Tips to Maximize Your Efforts

Posted on: February 28, 2022

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Here are five areas to consider when embarking on an inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) training program.

Senior management must be seen to support IDEA training.

Ensure that s…

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Indigenous Terminology in Canada – A Quick Guide

Posted on: February 23, 2022

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According to Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census, 1,673,780 people or 4.9% of the population identify as Aboriginal. Of those, the majority claim a single Aboriginal identity: 58.4% as First Nations peo…

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Corporate DEI Training: Failures and Opportunities

Posted on: February 16, 2022

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Traditional diversity and anti-bias trainings have had disappointing results.

Research has yielded evidence that most IDEA[1] training does not achieve significant change within the culture of orga…

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The difference between being anti-racist, non-racist, and an ally

Posted on: February 1, 2022

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Antiracism is one of the core goals of Black History Month but being “not a racist” and being anti-racist are two different ideas.

The biggest difference between the two terms is action. While anti…

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February and Forever: 3 Tips to Keep the Conversation on Black History Going All Year Long

Posted on: February 1, 2022

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Although the month of February is dedicated to the recognition and celebration of Black History in Canada, the conversation does not, and should not stop once the month comes to an end. Rather, this…

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7 Idioms to Avoid for More Inclusive Communication: Part 2

Posted on: January 21, 2022

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Idiom: “An expression unique to a language, especially one whose sense is not predictable from the meanings and arrangement of its elements, such as kick the bucket a slang term meaning ‘to die’, wh…

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7 Idioms to Avoid for More Inclusive Communication: Part 1

Posted on: January 19, 2022

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Idiom: “An expression unique to a language, especially one whose sense is not predictable from the meanings and arrangement of its elements, such as “kick the bucket” a slang term meaning ‘to die’, …

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Six Tips for Digital Inclusion

Posted on: January 18, 2022

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In reviewing our website and its content, I have come to realize that I have a responsibility to foster a digital inclusion mindset. As I work through the old website, I have learned a few simple th…

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Making the Case for Religious Literacy

Posted on: January 18, 2022

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Guest Contributor: Brian Carwana

As we return to work, fresh from our winter holidays, and set our IDEA goals for the coming year, I’d urge you to consider religious literacy as a key component of …

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