Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Acknowledgements
As organizers of the Concordia Library Research Forum, we seek to make this event inclusive to people from underrepresented and marginalized groups. We welcome applications that address equity and social justice as a core concern. We also invite the participation of nonlibrary workers.
We acknowledge that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we conduct our work. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
We acknowledge that the diversity of its community is an inherent strength of Concordia University that we need to support and sustain in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
We acknowledge that initiatives to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion are already under way across our campuses, but that we collectively can and must do better.
We acknowledge that Concordia members are not immune to biases that confer privilege to some identities, and the compounding effect of intersecting marginalized identities on creating barriers.
We acknowledge the need to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations in order to address systemic issues and challenge the status quo.
We acknowledge the existence and persistence of historic and continued systemic oppression, dehumanization, social injustice and violence, especially but not limited to sexism, racism and ableism.
We acknowledge that a significant proportion of Concordia members experience discrimination and harassment on our campuses, based on gender, race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and religion.
We acknowledge the uniqueness of the needs, challenges and expectations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and we respect their desire to work separately on their own goals and objectives
Source The above-listed EDI Acknowledgements are from the Report of the Working Group on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Concordia University