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Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: September 2015
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A Thought from RDR...
September’s strong emphasis on ‘back to school’ campaigns and the youth population has had us thinking critically about the way in which youth are defined and how that impacts the way in which they are integrated into institutions and organizations both as employees and clients to be served.
 
Traditionally, the youth community has been negatively stereotyped. But what if our image of youth was different? What if they were recognized as technologically savvy, innovative, perceptive and creative individuals? What if our image of youth reflected their diversity and intersecting identities? They too negotiate complex identity categories shaping the way in which they experience the world.
 
How might this change hiring practices? How would this increase access to services by marginalized youth? Thinking about youth as a homogenous community prevents us from creating inclusive spaces, services and policies. If we can recognize the importance of diverse youth perspectives and their positive influence in community building, we can then better work towards combatting some of the challenges in this region. This includes but is not limited to the high youth unemployment rate, the lack of shelters in Peel for youth living in precarious situations and racism experienced by youth from marginalized groups. 
 
The education sector, local municipalities and regional government, funding agencies and social service providers are being inspired with their energy as is evident in the various ways in which diverse youth voices are becoming integrating in mandates, programming and services.

It is also important to recognize the amazing work youth themselves are in engaging in. For instance, The Regional Youth Roundtable (RYR), lead by an executive of students, connects youth-led organizations all across Peel Region. Recognizing the internal diversity of youth, RYR held key community consultations this year for LGBTQ and newcomer youth in the region in an effort to dialogue about their needs and concerns. The youth-led organizations at the RYR table are a testament to the positive impact youth can have in communities. Just to name a few: Peel Environmental Youth Alliance of 700 students focuses on environmental issues, Ink Movement cultivates, supports and showcases young artists through its annual anthology, The Peel Student Presidents' Council promotes student leadership within PDSB and Volunteering in Peel connects high school students with various volunteering opportunities.

We encourage everyone to reflect on the transformative power youth can have in communities and the ways in which your organizations can help harness it.

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable
 
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RDR News

A. Webinar Series

 
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B. Ontario Human Rights Commission, United Way of Peel Region and The Regional Diversity Roundtable Invite you to join us at:

     

RSVP

Register online by September 22, 2015 at www.ohrc.on.ca/en/contact/events-registration-form or by calling Alicia Carr at 416-314-4526. Please specify your preferred morning and afternoon concurrent sessions.

If you need an accommodation based on a Human Rights Code ground to take part, let us know when you register. 

Space is limited, so register early!

Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

A. Webinar Series

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Have you endorsed the Charter yet? Click here for more information!
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Follow us on Twitter:  @DICharter
Find us on LinkedIn: Diversity and Inclusion Charter of Peel
Join the Conversation: #EquityinPeel #DiversityCharter #DICharter



B. Community Connections

Highlighting D&I Charter Endorsers:  This summer, one of our newest endorsers, Seva Food Bank, formally began its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey by creating a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and holding its first meeting! We are very proud of the work of our community members and look forward to all the milestones yet to come! 

Showcasing our Participation in Community Events: On July 25th, the D&I Charter had a community booth set up at the Pride Week in Peel Festival held in Streetsville Village Square in Mississauga. It was a fantastic opportunity to see some of our diverse community members spreading awareness and celebrating diverse identities! We are looking forward to participating again next year.

Inviting our Region's Leaders to Endorse the D&I Charter: This month, we will be delegating to the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga in order receive official endorsement of the D&I Charter of Peel. By engaging the leaders of our region, we are one step closer to reaching our goal of enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Peel!


C. Save the Date: Community Forum 5 - The D&I Charter's Theory of Change

On October 14th from 9:30 AM - 12;00 PM we will be holding the project's next community forum! In an effort to maintain a transparent process and to consistently engage the wider Peel community in shaping this important collaborative initiative,  this meeting will focus on the 'Theory of Change' that informs the D&I Charter.  We welcome all existing RDR Members and D&I Charter endorsers in addition to any other interested organizations from all sectors in Peel. Details to come soon! 


Have you endorsed the D&I Charter? Do you want to have a conversation about next steps? Contact RDR Project Lead Amrita Kumar-Ratta to arrange a meeting!
 

Resource Corner


Report - A Higher Standard: The Case for Holding Low-Ware Employers in Ontario to a Higher Standard

June 2015, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario Office
 

July 2015, Wellesley Institute
 
Resource - Unlocking Change: Decriminalizing Mental Health Issues in Ontario

August 2015, John Howard Society of Ontario
 

Webinars - Union-Employer Partnerships on D&I Initiatives

Tuesday September 15 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday September 24 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


 

E-Learning - Removing the "Canadian Experience" Barrier

 

RFP - Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade: Immigration Programs 2015

September 30 2015 | 4:00pm

RFP - Canadian Women's Foundation Multi-Year Anti-Trafficking Grants, 2016-2020

September 15 2015

RFP - Ontario Trillium Foundation - Youth Opportunities Fund

September 9, 2015 

RFP - Ontario Trillium Foundation - Grow Grants

Registration Deadline: November 4, 2015 | 5:00pm
Application Deadline: December 2, 2015 | 5:00pm

RFP - Ontario Trillium Foundation - Seed and Capital Grants

Registration Deadline: November 16, 2015 | 5:00pm
Application Deadline: January 6, 2016 | 5:00pm

RFP - Ontario Trillium Foundation - Collective Impact Grants

Ongoing

Community Events

Training - CHOICES: Providing Informed Choices and Support to Prostituted and Sex-Trafficked Women and Girls

September 14-15, 2015 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Palace Theatre, London ON




 

Event - United Way Peel Region 2015 Kickoff

September 18, 2015 | 8:30am - 10:00am | Mississauga Valley Community Centre

Join United Way Peel Region as agents of change to Kick off their 2015 Campaign and help them address food insecurity in Peel by bringing an item from their wish list. 


 

Conference - Equity, Ethics and Law in Health Care: Integrating Cultural Considerations into Diverse Clinical Care Settings

September 24, 2015 | 8:30am - 4:00pm | Grand Empire Banquet & Convention Centre





 

Conference - Peel Youth Leaders

September 19, 2015 | 9:30am - 3:30pm | Centre for Health and Safety Innovation


 

Conference - Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses Provincial Training Day

September 30 - October 2, 2015 | Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport


 

Workshop - Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) Workshops

Fall-Winter 2015-2016


 

Event - Black Leadership and Community Gala

October 3, 2015 | 5:30pm - 9:00pm | The Garden Banquet & Convention Centre




 

Conference - Peel HIV/AIDS Network: Central Opening Doors Conference

October 8, 2015 | Hotel Novotel Vaughan


 

Conference - Unlearning in Order to Learn

October 29, 2015 | Saint Volodomyr Cultural Centre

Community Consultations - Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians

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