Background

Council's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan identifies a need to develop a Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy as a way to build a "diverse, inclusive and welcoming community" by "supporting all Londoners to feel engaged and involved in our community".

In order to develop this strategy, the City of London issued a call for volunteer ‘Diversity and Inclusion Champions.’ 200 Londoners, reflecting a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, stepped forward to be part of this process. As well, a volunteer Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Council’s Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee (DIAAC) and others selected through the open application process, provided oversight to the process.

The Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy was presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee on August 1, 2017, and included a number of important components:

  • Vision
  • Statement of Commitment
  • Five Priorities
  • What We Heard, which captures additional insights received from groups and perspectives through the CDIS process
  • Glossary, formerly developed by DIACC and updated through the CDIS process

London is a diverse and inclusive community that honours, welcomes, and accepts all people;where people have the power to eliminate systemic oppressions.

CDIS Vision Statement

Volunteer Application

Thank you to all of those who applied to be part of CDIS Working Groups. The application is now closed and we are currently in the process of reviewing all applications.

We will follow up with all applicants in regards to the next steps in few weeks.

If you have any further questions, please contact: Kinga Koltun at kkoltun@london.ca or at 519.661.CITY (2489) x 5638

Summary of Previous Meetings

Summary of Meeting 1:

Champions met for the first time on Saturday, January 14, 2017 to develop the Vision and Statement of Commitment for the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

They were asked a series of questions to discuss at their tables that would find key themes to form our Vision and Statement of Commitment.

Draft Vision by Champions:

"London will be an inclusive community that fosters a safe, respectful environment and provides everyone with the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Draft Statement of Commitment by Champions:

The City of London commits to:

  • Championing equity in everything we do, striving towards our vision of London as an inclusive community
  • Empowering Londoners by providing opportunities for everyone to be engaged, ensuring that lived experiences and the voices of marginalized groups are included and respected
  • Identifying and removing barriers experienced by our community

As Londoners and London organizations, we commit to:

  • Standing together towards our vision of London as an inclusive community, and using our voices to hold one another accountable
  • Modeling the community we aspire to be by respecting others, being open to learning, acknowledging our biases, and celebrating the diversity of our community
  • Being courageous allies for our neighbours and fellow Londoners, standing up for one another to ensure we live in a city where everyone belongs

We asked Londoners to review the drafts and let us if they thought we got it right. After reviewing the feedback the Steering Committee developed the following draft statements:

Draft Vision:

London is a diverse and inclusive community that honours, welcomes and accepts all people, a community where we empower each other to eliminate systemic oppressions.

Draft Statement of Commitment:

The City of London commits to:

  • Championing equity in everything we do, striving towards our vision of London as an inclusive community
  • Empowering Londoners by providing opportunities for everyone to be engaged, ensuring that lived experiences and the voices of marginalized groups are included and respected
  • Identifying and removing barriers experienced by our community'

As Londoners and London organizations, we commit to:

  • Standing together towards our vision of London as an inclusive community, and using our voices to hold one another accountable
  • Modeling the community we aspire to be by respecting others, being open to learning, acknowledging our biases, and celebrating the diversity of our community
  • Being courageous allies for our neighbours and fellow Londoners, standing up for one another to ensure we live in a city where everyone belongs

Summary of Meeting 2:

Champions met on February 4, 2017 to capture ideas that will be used to develop specific strategies for London's Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

You can review their draft ideas below in each category.

Summary of Meeting 3:

At the Champion meeting Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Champions brainstormed the specific challenges and barriers aligned with specific issues and populations and strategies to address them.

The ten groups and issues were the following:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Racism
  3. Anti-Black Racism
  4. Faith based discrimination & Islamophobia
  5. Gender
  6. Indigenous and First Nations
  7. Ageism & intergenerational relations
  8. Immigrants & Newcomers
  9. Income Inequity
  10. LGBT2QI+

The final Champions meeting also included an opportunity to observe the CBC Town Hall ‘Bold Steps’, which included discussions about what the London community is doing to address racism and oppression.