Commitment to Social Action
Some of the actions below are already being implemented across our programs and operations. Others require some development to be thoughtfully put into practice. We welcome input and suggestions as we continue to learn how to affect more change. We also call on everyone within the ICE community to think of ways they can join us in actioning these commitments for themselves.
Centring Indigenous Voices
ICE has always focused on showcasing the tremendous work Indigenous communities are already doing. We do this to:
We commit to continuing to celebrate Indigenous communities and center their stories by:
Hiring and Supporting Indigenous, Black, and other People of Colour
One of the key actions we can take is emphasizing hiring and supporting Indigenous people and their businesses. The commitments below have an explicit focus on Indigenous people, however we will also be conscious of opportunities to support Black people and People of Colour. We commit to this action by:
Educating Ourselves and Our Colleagues
Learning is essential to change. Education is how we grow and find better ways to affect the change we want to see. We commit to the following actions to ensure our team and partners are continuously learning how systemic racism is at play in all our work. We will integrate these opportunities to learn in different ways and magnitudes across our programs based on the design and delivery of the program. It is critical to note that these actions will be open to our whole team, focusing on our non-Indigenous team members and partners. It will also be delivered in a way that recognizes, honours, and respects the lived-experiences and historical traumas that may have been experienced by Indigenous team members.
Acting on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action are key pieces of righting past injustices and transforming Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people. As an Indigenous-governed organization, we fully support the implementation of the Calls to Action. We commit to acting on them because we believe that everyone has a role to play in making them a reality. We’ve identified ways to directly support the implementation of several Calls.