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ADRIA's statement Regarding diversity & social Justice


The ADRIA Board of Directors wishes to thank Sam Sele, Sharon Roberts, Amin Poonja, Barrie Marshall and Ali Ansell for their contributions to this important Board discussion, and would especially like to acknowledge the insights and contributions of Jereme Brooks at a national level. 

ADRIA is an organization dedicated to promoting, delivering and improving justice and access to justice in Alberta. We have long valued and drawn strength from our diversity as leaders in this field. We strive to respect individuals based on their integrity, knowing we have much work to do.  

Racism and discrimination are an undeniable part of our collective history in Canada. ADRIA is committed to speaking out against racism and discrimination in all its forms and to ensuring our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our training, policies, and operations. We need to listen more and learn more as we work together to ensure racism and other forms of discrimination have no place in our future. 

We are dedicated to working with ADRIC and our fellow regional affiliates, our members, clients, colleagues, and all others in the pursuit of justice, diversity and reconciliation.

ADRIA’s Board of Directors and its working group are committed to pursuing an action plan that will add substance to their reflections on diversity and social justice.  We invite our members to send their thoughts, feedback and suggestions to board@adralberta.com 

DRIA’s Board of Directors and its working group are committed to pursuing an action plan that will add substance to their reflections on diversity and social justice.  We invite our members to send their thoughts, feedback and suggestions to board@adralberta.com 

ADR INSTITUTE OF CANADA
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

At its November 2019 Conference, ADRIC led a consultative session about Indigenous issues and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. The consultation was well-attended and led to the development of a Indigenous Perspectives Working Group which was tasked with providing the ADRIC Board of Directors a condensed history lesson for its May 2020 meetings. The group shared their perspective on what “went wrong” after settlers arrived in Canada (whatIndigenous people have had to deal with including laws that have been imposed upon them without their input) and information for the Board to consider in determining how it wishes to continue the journey.

In June, ADRIC was challenged to provide a response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The Board reflected and decided that actions truly speak louder than words.

As leaders in dispute resolution we no longer wish to remain inactive while our racialized colleagues, clients and friends experience injustices. We have the privilege to be able to advocate for positive change.

We value diversity and respect individuals based on their integrity and want to provide an opportunity for those in the mainstream to listen, learn, reflect and grow.

Diversity in ADR (A Webinar Series)

In consultation with our working group, we have developed a series of eight professional development webinars that will shed light on unconscious bias, racism, discrimination and inequality faced by Black, Indigenous and marginalized groups across Canada and what it means for the ADR community.

The series is called Diversity in ADR: Ethics and Inclusion. We will offer one session per week.

  • We will open with a virtual Listening Circle, then we’ll look at:
  • How to be an ally
  • What is authentic vs performative allyship
  • Understanding privilege and how it affects you and your clients
  • The value of inclusion in ADR - listen to those who have been marginalized and learn from their experience in life and their practices
  • How to help change systemic biases and discriminatory practices in organizations you work with
  • How to recognize and deal with clients’ trauma caused by prior discriminatory experiences
  • We will finally meet in a virtual Sharing Circle to listen and discuss how to move ourselves, our practices and organizations forward.

Learn more: https://adric.ca/diversity-stream/

Dates:  To Be Confirmed – Starting in September

Cost:  Free

We encourage all of our members, clients, colleagues, governments, and other institutions to join us for the series and in working to create a truly fair and just Canada.


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