The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality. As part of our mission, we aim to create a welcoming community, serving the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo joined the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) on April 1, 2006. The Municipality also adopted the 10 commitments – listed by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO – as a guideline for future Municipal plans.
A Council-appointed Regional Advisory Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (RACIDE) was created to engage the community in discourse about the principles, as set forth in the UNESCO commitments.
RACIDE members – a Municipal Councilor and several representatives from various community groups – promote, foster and advise on the development of related policies, programs and activities.
An Interdepartmental Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (IDCIDE) was also established to advise senior leadership, and ensure that the contributions, interests and needs of the region’s diverse population are reflected in the Municipality’s mission, operations and service delivery.
The Wood Buffalo community works together to develop action plans that help create a more welcoming and inclusive community for all. The Diversity Plan is developed by the community – for the community – through a dynamic process of input gathered at the Diversity Summits, focus groups, surveys and public engagement. The Diversity Plan guides programming and initiatives in the community and provides an accountability tool to monitor progress.
The new Diversity Plan is currently in development.
Diversity Engagement Milestones
An annual Diversity Summit is held to support individuals and organizations to effect change in the community, enabling residents to participate fully and to help foster a sense of home and belonging.
The 2015 Diversity Summit, Destination Diversity: Pathways to Change, was a great success with over 100 attendees. Participants were treated to a keynote address by Laurel Vespi, provided input into the 2012-2015 Diversity Plan and discussed their vision for the next plan, laying the groundwork for next three years.
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