Community Diversity and Inclusion

 Community Diversity and Inclusion is a priority for the City of London. Implementation of the Community Diversity and Inclusions Strategy (CDIS) launched in May 2019. 

Membership in the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (CDIS) Implementation Body is open to anyone with interest in supporting the CDIS vision: London is a diverse and inclusive community that honours, welcomes and accepts all people; where people have the power to eliminate systemic oppressions. 

The CDIS Implementation Body is comprised of five (5) Working Groups that work toward achieving strategies across five (5) priority areas outlined below

To join any of the working groups, please submit your application by following the link below.

The City of London is committed to making every effort to provide alternate formats and communication supports for meetings and information, upon request. To make a request for assistance with City Diversity and Inclusion Strategy meetings, please contact Kinga Koltun at kkoltun@london.ca or 519-661-2489, extension 5638.

Community Diversity and Inclusion Volunteer Application

How CDIS Came to Be

Council’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan identified the need to develop a Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy (CDIS) as a way to “build a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community” by “supporting all Londoners to feel engaged and involved in our community”.

In November 2016, the City of London asked Londoners to step forward to help build this Strategy. 200 Londoners came forward to be CDIS Champions, committing to meet three times from January to March and engage their community networks between meetings.

A Steering Committee, including representatives from the Diversity Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee (DIAAC) and other CDIS Champions, provided oversight over the entire process. Londoners and community stakeholders were also provided with several opportunities to provide input.

The CDIS is an aspirational document. It reflects a collective effort and interest in building a more inclusive city. It captures the insights of a group of Londoners at a specific point in time. It is not exhaustive, nor is it complete, nor is it perfect. Diversity and inclusion are complex, challenging, ever changing and often highly personal topics. The CDIS does not pretend to reflect every perspective, or include every possible action that the London community could and should take to become more inclusive. Some of the strategies in the CDIS will be easier to implement than others, as some are specific initiatives while others may never be “complete” but instead will require ongoing effort from the entire community.

Working Groups

Take concrete Steps towards healing and reconciliation

Strategies:

NOTE: The bolded strategies have been selected as the top strategies for 2020.

  1. Establish an Indigenous relations office within the City.
  2. Work with local Indigenous peoples to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Calls to Action (TRC) accountability and implementation body and plan.
  3. Create a community pledge to encourage everyone to take action towards the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Calls to Action (TRC).
  4. Develop an audit and evaluation process to measure the progress towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Calls to Action (TRC) recommendations.
  5. Ensure Indigenous peoples lead the change process within our community.
  6. Work with local Indigenous peoples to develop a unified Indigenous health strategy, including consideration of Indigenous social determinants of health.
  7. Forge partnership agreements between the City and three neighbouring communities (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Munsee Delaware Nation, and Oneida Nation of the Thames).
  8. Provide opportunities for on-reserve economic development through strategic and innovative partnerships with the City and the private sector.
Have zero tolerance for oppression, discrimination and ignorance

Strategies:

NOTE: The bolded strategies have been selected as the top strategies for 2020.

  1. Address one’s own privilege and bias by learning, sharing, and recognizing the lived experiences, cultures and histories of Londoners.
  2. Acknowledge and combat the existence of anti-black racism, Islamophobia, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, gender-based and other forms of discrimination in our community.
  3. Recognize a common language around oppression and discrimination (see glossary of terms).
  4. Know the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  5. Require educators, social service and health practitioners to complete training on Indigenous cultures.
  6. Encourage everyone to undertake de-colonization, anti-racism, anti-oppression, cultural safety, accessibility, and diversity training in order to understand those around them.
  7. Build cultural awareness among children and youth through schools, community groups, parent councils, and other community engagement activities.
  8. Ensure that children starting at primary level receive anti-oppression education including learning how to recognize their own privilege and bias and how to build relationships with those around them.
  9. Make community training on sexual harassment, sexual assault safety, trans health and HIV more readily accessible.
  10. Promote a culture within the London Police Services where all groups are safe and protected, and not targeted based on any of the enumerated terms in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  11. Ensure the London Police Services invests in and provides ongoing training to police officers and employees to better understand and protect the communities they serve.
  12. Encourage local media and community figures to promote inclusive messages and to address barriers and oppressions within London.
  13. Implement a social media campaign modelled after #MakeItAwkward.
  14. Encourage local businesses and organizations to share knowledge, resources, and information to address oppression, discrimination and ignorance.
Connect and engage Londoners

Strategies:

NOTE: The bolded strategies have been selected as the top strategies for 2020.

  1. Promote events and opportunities for Londoners to collaborate, share, and access information.
  2. Encourage and facilitate dialogue between all levels of government and organizations around common goals of inclusion, particularly groups that stand to gain by supporting one another.
  3. Recognize and celebrate Londoners, organizations and businesses that promote and undertake diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression activities.
  4. Establish long-range plans to grow diversity activities, including grants and recognition programs.
  5. Increase participation of Londoners from non-dominant groups on the City of London Advisory Committees, Boards and Commissions.
  6. Ensure the City of London and other organizations understand and model best practices for inclusive engagement.
Remove accessibility barriers to services, information and spaces

Strategies:

NOTE: The bolded strategies have been selected as the top strategies for 2020.

  1. Create awareness about the accessibility services available in the community, and encourage organizations to better promote the accessibility supports they offer.
  2. Promote the local welcome and assessment centres for newcomers.
  3. Ensure that all current and future transportation options are reviewed by, and easily available and accessible to, seniors, persons with disabilities, and newcomers.
  4. Include persons with disabilities in policy development, consultations, and implementation processes in order to address different accessibility perspectives.
  5. Promote and encourage developers to implement the City of London’s Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS), and other progressive accessibility standards.
  6. Encourage the development of an assistive technology information resource to assist Londoners in learning more about different types of technologies.
  7. Encourage businesses and organizations to have non-gender specific washrooms.
  8. Ensure the safety of the community by developing comprehensive and adaptable emergency and safety procedures, and conduct regular safety audits throughout the community.
  9. Provide accommodation for religious and cultural practices.
  10. Establish awards for architects and/or other professionals if they build or innovate an inclusive design.
Remove barriers to employment

Strategies:

NOTE: The bolded strategies have been selected as the top strategies for 2020.

  1. Implement metrics and regular opportunities to measure diversity and inclusion within the community, ensuring the workforce and local leadership are reflective of the community.
  2. Know the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (under AODA).
  3. Identify and remove barriers in the recruitment process, including; identifying accommodations in job advertisements, and ensuring transparent hiring and evaluation practices.
  4. Promote equity within policy, practices and strategies in businesses, non-profit, public and labour organizations.
  5. Ensure that all health and safety standards in the workplace are inclusive.
  6. Support the professional development of individuals who are underrepresented in the workforce and leadership.
  7. Promote and encourage mentorship, co-op, apprenticeship and internship programs happening within the City and the community.
  8. Advocate to local businesses and organizations to recognize the sanctioned knowledge of Indigenous Elders and Healers, and to recognize foreign credentials and work experience.
  9. Support employers and community members in learning how to assist newcomers with their integration.

 

Last modified:Monday, October 19, 2020