Welcome to Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

We work to bring members of our campus community together to facilitate understanding and address systemic barriers to equity, inclusion, and decolonization. Explore and learn more about the five intersecting portfolios that support the work that we do.

  1. Jan. 28, 2020Coronavirus update

    Please visit the University of Waterloo's Coronavirus website for the latest information. 

  2. July 30, 2021Emancipation Day
    August 1st is Emancipation Day

    August 1st marks Emancipation Day in Canada. Emancipation Day highlights the enactment of the Slavery Abolition Act across the British Empire on this day in 1834. Before this, enslavement was very much legal in what is now known as Canada, and Black and Indigenous peoples were enslaved on this land. 2021 is the first year Canada has officially recognized August 1 as Emancipation Day.

  3. July 12, 2021Reflections from National Indigenous History Month at Waterloo
    National Indigenous History Month

    Written by Joy Braga. Warning: This article contains descriptions of the harsh treatment experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in the residential school system.

    On June 29th, the Indigenous Initiatives Office hosted their keynote event for National Indigenous History Month with the Honourable Murray Sinclair. Honourable Sinclair served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. The Honourable Murray Sinclair was also the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba and served its justice system for over 40 years. He recently retired from the Canadian Senate where he was appointed on April 2, 2016.

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  1. Apr. 28, 2020 to Dec. @31, 2021ONLINE MODULE: Equitable Recruitment and Selection

    This online module is available anytime and focuses on the faculty hiring process and promotes best practices for recruitment and selection to ensure that the committee reaches an unbiased and fair decision.

    Audience: Faculty

  2. Aug. 20, 2020 to Dec. @31, 2021ONLINE MODULE: Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace: A primer for Waterloo employees

    This online module is available anytime and focuses on ensuring UWaterloo employees are equipped to understand and identify behaviours that may be considered harassment or discrimination.

    Audience: Staff

  3. Apr. 5 to Dec. 31, 2021E-LEARNING COURSE: Confronting Anti-Black Racism
    Confronting Anti-Black Racism

    This e-course is available to all Waterloo students, faculty and staff and is an opportunity for (un)learning and gaining tools to better take anti-racist action in our own lives, at work, home, and in our communities.

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