Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: February 2015
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A Thought from RDR 

Black History Month provides an important national platform to recognize and celebrate the many significant and continuing contributions, dating as far back as 1605, of our black communities to the socio-economic fabric of Canada. It also offers us an opportunity to think through the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and how the historical and current context still impact our black communities. In 2015, we are desperately trying to balance decades of progressive race conversations with growing disparities across cultural, social, economic and political lines. 

At this time, RDR encourages everyone to ask the tough questions: How is racism still embedded in our systems, organizations and daily interactions? How can conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion be both broad and focused on the many racialized and vulnerable populations in Peel Region? 

This February, many public organizations and non-profit agencies in Peel Region have taken the time to organize resourceful events commemorating Black History Month. Please take a moment to check them out and to further reflect on the issues presented, as well as our responses to them, not just this month but throughout the year. 

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable


RDR News

Here We Grow Again! 
RDR is pleased to introduce two new members to the roundtable:

Find RDR at the Diversity@Work Conference 2015

RDR's Project Coordinator will be facilitating their workshop titled Critical Policy Intersections: A Case Study of the 'Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices' Act at Skills For Change's annual Diversity@Work conference in February. Our Project Coordinator will lead participants through the interactive workshop by critically analyzing the importance as well as implications of public policies for human sector organizations and the ways in which they can intervene by using the proposed Act as an example of the two fields colliding. More information about the conference can be found under Community Events section below.


Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

Diversity & Inclusion Charter Community Forum: Impact Assessment

The first Community Forum was a huge success! We had over 50 community members and organizations attend from across Peel Region and its various sectors. Our keynote speaker Sharon Douglas from United Way Peel Region delivered a nuanced understanding of impact assessment and the importance of a Diversity & Inclusion Charter for Peel's changing demographics. All participants engaged in facilitated discussions and have provided the DI Charter team with great feedback with which to move forward. 

 Missed the Community Forum? Check out our  twitter feed using the handle @DICharter and the  hashtags #diversitycharter, #DICharter                    & #communityforum.

Thank you to all those who attended, to our facilitators as well as presenters and to everyone who helped organize the event. Look out for our next Community Forum to be held in mid-March where we will launch our website and assessment tool!

Welcoming our New Evaluation Consultant Team: Taylor Newberry 

We are very excited to announce that Taylor Newberry Consulting Inc. (TNC) will be providing their expertise in social research and evaluation to contribute to the evaluation of Phase 2 of the D&I Charter Initiative and to the creation of an assessment tool for all Charter endorsers. We are very much looking forward to our collaboration with the team! For more information about TNC, visit their website at


Resource Corner

Funding for Programs To Improve LGBTQ Health and Wellness: Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO)

RHO Breakthrough Projects are designed to support local groups and organizations across Ontario to carry out one-year projects that will achieve a significant step in creating greater health, well-being and equity for LGBTQ communities. 

Deadline to apply is March 2, 2015. 

TVO is Celebrating Black History Month!
Check out their 
documentaries and interviews with authors, educators, entrepreneurs, activists and politicians from the black community. 

CIDI Webinars: 
Conversations on Race in Canada & U.S

Ontario Human Rights Commission Webinars 
Peel Leadership Centre (PLC) is looking for Board Volunteers

International Human Rights Law Course


Community Events

Screening & Discussion - Illegal(ized): Canadian Immigration Laws

February 9 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Curtis Lecture Hall Room M @ York University

"Illegalized is a new documentary film exposing discriminatory Canadian immigration laws which cause migrants to become imprisoned on the basis of class and race. By looking at the alarming case of Deepan Budlakoti, a now stateless Ottawa born man, and those imprisoned for years in the Lindsay East Correctional Centre, who are neither released or can be deported, the horrifying situations in which migrants find themselves are uncovered."

Watch the trailer here.

Forum - There is No ‘honour’ in Violence Against Women and Girls

February 17, 2015 |9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m | Friend’s House (60 Lowther, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7) 

Brought to you by the South Asian Women's Centre, the forum will look at developing community strategies by bringing together community members, service providers and other stakeholders to address violence against women in South Asian Communities. 

Expert speakers include: 
-Angie Seth (Reporter with Global News) 
-Deepa Mattoo (Staff Lawyer with the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario) 
-Wendy Komiotis (Executive Director of METRAC) 

Afternoon Roundtable Groups: 
-Intergenerational Dialogue: Youth and Parents 
-Service Supports for Front Line Workers 
-Media and the Discourse on "Honour" Violence 
-Accessing Services: Barriers and Expectations 

Please register at:  


Conference - Diversity@Work: Exploring the Complexities of Diversity: Age, Gender, Culture and Competencies 

February 19, 2015 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | 65 Church St, TorontoON M5C 2E9

Skills for Change's Diversity@Work Conference will bring together 275 attendees and speakers with a focus on Exploring the Complexities of Diversity: Age, Gender, Culture and Competencies. 

To learn more or regist visit

Panel Dialogue - Black History Month 2015: The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big Network 

Brought to you by: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Heritage Toronto, National Film Board & Black Artists' Network Dialogue

Feb. 19 |1:00pm - 2:30pm | Daniels Spectrum

For more information:

To Register:

Campaign - #CurateAGM

February 26 - April 12 | AGM

The AGM is launching a campaign called #CurateAGM where they are inviting the public to select works from their permanent art collection for an upcoming exhibition.They'd love to hear what your favourites are! Everything from Norval Morrisseau to established Mississauga legends and all of our GTA favourites. Check it out!

You can vote at this link or on their Facebook album here.

All comments, ideas and thoughts will be posted in the exhibition and all contributors listed as curators to the final selections. 


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