Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Asian Heritage Month

Watercolour scenery with text reading "Asian Heritage Month, Resources and Engagement Opportunities"

May 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a motion tabled by the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Monday, February 14, 2022

The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-racism: 2022-2025 Strategic Plan Framework

university of waterloo logo, with sub text "Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism"

Following our response to the Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion (HREI) organizational review report, the EDI-R Office had paused non-essential work during the month of December to invest our time into the reflection, planning, and building of our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. We are deeply grateful to the University of Waterloo community for understanding the need for this pause, and as a result, we are pleased to share the framework of our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.

Friday, December 3, 2021

An update from the new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism office

Headshot of Dr. Christopher Taylor

The new office of Equity Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism (EDI-R) is excited to share plans and commitments developed in response to the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (HREI) organizational review report (PDF), which was shared with the campus community in October 2021.   

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Trans Awareness Week 2021

Transgender Flag

This week is Trans Awareness week, which includes Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20). This week is a time dedicated to increasing visibility and awareness of transgender communities and their resilience, without ignoring the ongoing discrimination they encounter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New AVP roles for Jean Becker and Christopher Taylor

In a memo circulated to University employees last Friday, President Vivek Goel and Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush announced that they have acted on recommendations from the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion office review team to create two new organizational units led by Associate Vice-Presidents that will report to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost. These units replace two of the functions of the former Office of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion. Both appointments are effective immediately.

Friday, October 8, 2021

National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

October 11 is National Coming Out Day in Canada

Monday, October 4, 2021

Latin American Heritage Month

A stack of colouful woven rugs

On June 21, 2018, the Parliament of Canada designated the month of October as Latin American Heritage Month in recognition of the significant contribution that Latin American communities have made to the social, economic, political, and cultural fabric of Canada. Latin American Heritage Month provides an opportunity to honour diverse communities and share achievements and contributions with others.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Islamic Heritage Month

Islamic Heritage Month

The month of October is 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Emancipation 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.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Reflections 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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