Regional Diversity Roundtable Newsletter: October 2015
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Connecting the Global to the Local


October marks multiple significant international days: International Day of Older Persons (Oct 1), International Day of Non-Violence (Oct 2), World Mental Health Day (October 10), World Homeless Day (October 10), International Day of the Girl Child (October 11) and World Food Day (October 16), to name a few.

The goals for ‘international days’ are to spread awareness on a global platform, stimulate collaborative and innovative solutions for change and honour those impacted by the social causes.

Today’s world events serve as a reminder for why these days are needed now more than ever. Currently, we are facing a growing Global Refugee Crisis spreading from the Balkans, Middle East, South East Asia, Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. The UN estimates that more people have been displaced currently than at any time since World War II. Issues of violence, food insecurity, homelessness and poverty, mental health and unequal gender dynamics are especially heightened for those trying to escape conflict.
While thinking about the global state of the world, we often forget how the local level is connected to it.
How do these global issues - layered with multiple intersecting international factors: migration/immigration and closed borders, capitalist/neoliberal economies, precarious employment and increasing income divides, conflict/neo-colonialism/genocide/civil war and unrest, lack of natural resources and infrastructures, unequal treatment of identities - manifest in Peel Region?
Consider a ‘middle-class’ family where the parents have lost their jobs due to larger global market crises and are now constantly picking between keeping their home and buying groceries while attempting to re-enter the job market; a new immigrant couple trying to establish themselves in Peel after escaping conflict but because of systemic barriers are unable to gain employment in their field; a youth experiencing mental health issues trying to locate a safe place to stay when home is not an option because mental health is associated with stigma and shame.

These examples illustrate the way in which global factors impact how social issues converge and manifest differently in various communities. As a result, our response from the non-profit, social service and public sector must be nuanced, complex, constantly evolving with the needs of communities and constructed consciously in the context of these large global factors. 

The global is necessarily connected to the local. Our influence and impact as individuals, organizations/institutions and communities extends beyond our local reach. They fit into larger provincial conversations, national platforms and international policies. While diversity, equity and inclusion work can trickle down, it also has the ability to radiate outwards in waves. For example, in November 2014 individuals, organizations and communities mobilized against sexual violence and harassment, in light of a local incident,. This in turn accelerated the release of the province's It's Never Okay An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

For this reason, the RDR encourages reflection on the way in which the state of the world is connected to your organizations’ policies, programs and the communities they are serving/employing. Take a moment to check out some projects we have highlighted below that are making a global impact. 

-The Regional Diversity Roundtable
Partners for Prevention: UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women & UNV regional joint programme for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific

dle No More: International Indigenous mass movement

eed the Future: The U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initative

RDR News

A. Open RDR Member Meeting / D&I Charter Community Forum 
      Connecting to the Charter's Theory of Change

October 14, 2015 | 9:15am - 12:00pm | Central West Community Care Access Centre, 199 County Court Blvd, Brampton ON, Brampton and Dufferin Meeting Rooms

This month's meeting will be an open house! Want to introduce a colleague to RDR meetings? Know an agency that might be interested in joining the roundtable? As a community member you are interested in learning more about the RDR? Attend our open house this October!  

We will share the D&I Charter of Peel Theory of Change with our community partners and facilitate an interactive action-planning activity that will support organizations in connecting to that change and driving it forward. What is the D&I Charter Theory of Change? How did we develop it and what is its purpose? Most importantly perhaps, how do organizations fit into it?  These are all important questions that will guide this forum. The evening is intended to incite reflection around the collaborative process of social change in Peel Region, and to catalyze organizational action around Charter implementation.  All interested organizations in the Region of Peel are welcome to attend. Organizations that have endorsed the D&I Charter are especially encouraged to participate.

Please be advised that the venue is a strictly scent free zone.

October Open House Meeting Agenda
Register Today!

B. Missed our Webinar? Access DEI 101 resources below!
D. Systemic Oppression in Peel: Perception or Reality?
      Save The Date!

November 19, 2015 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm 

RDR, United way of Peel Region and Peel Police teamed up with the Ontario Human Rights Commission to bring their Taking it Local: A Municipal update on human rights series to Peel on October 5. With an attendance of 200 people across the GTA, the training day touched on key Peel issues in the context of the Ontario Human Rights Code and policies. The morning plenary on racial discrimination presented by Dr. Shaheen Azmi provided a foundation for understanding racism and its connections to historical contexts. The afternoon plenary on removing the 'Canadian experience' barrier presented by local speakers spoke to the lived realities of Peel's Newcomer population in finding employment. The concurrent sessions allowed participants to engage in depth with specific OHRC policies as relevant to their work. The OHRC also launched their mental health report By The Numbers during the session, which can be accessed below.

Thank you to all those who attended, participated and collaborated with us for the event! You can review the dialogue through #TiLocal on twitter while the materials from the day can be accessed on our website in English and French.
From L-R: United Way Peel Region VP of Community Investment Anita Stellinga, RDR Staff, RDR Chair Varsha Naik, OHRC Interim Chief Commissioner Ruth Goba, Peel Police Deputy Chief Brian Adams, United Way Peel Region CEO Shelley White, United Way Peel Region Director of Community Investment Sharon Douglas
Community Partners: United Way Peel Region, Peel Police, Ontario Human Rights Comission, The Regional Diversity Roundtable

Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel

Resource Corner

Report - By the Numbers: A statistical profile of people with mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario

October 2015, Ontario Human Rights Commission 


Report - Toronto's Vital Signs Report

October 2015, Toronto Foundation


Report - Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

September 2015, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights


Database - The State of City Building in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton City Region

Database contains charities; academic institutes and organizations; professional, industry and business organizations; think tanks and advocacy organizations; and corporations involved in city building. Organizations are active and engaged in city building initiatives and undertake activities with a public policy focus.

Report - The State of City Building in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton City Region

September 2015, Ryerson City Building Institute


September 2015, Wellesley Institute


Report - What's the Difference? Taking Stock of Provincial Tuition Fee Policies

September 2015, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario Office


Symposium Recordings - 2015 Health equity Symposium

The Mississauga Halton LHIN


Webinars - Managing Episodic Disabilities in the Workplace

Tuesday October 6 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday October 22 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Webinars - Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias

Tuesday October 27 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

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



Community Events

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

Fall-Winter 2015-2016

Exhibits - Mississauga Museums 

October 3 - January 17, 2016 | Benares Historic House


Conference - Unlearning in Order to Learn

October 29, 2015 | Saint Volodomyr Cultural Centre

Conference - Racial Justice Matters: Advocating for Racial health Equity

October 23 - October 24, 2015 | Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Community Consultations - Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians

Call for Abstracts - Indigenous Health Conference

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