ACHE Canada Policy Statement on Inclusion and Diversity
The ACHE Canada acknowledges the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn on this land. We recognize the long history and traditions of Indigenous peoples and that the work of inclusion is a step toward reconciliation between Indigenous and settler populations.
ACHE Canada works to foster an inclusive environment recognizing the contributions and supporting the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Our inclusive environment will echo externally, enhancing health care quality, improving organization/ community relations, and positively affecting the health status of the population. This priority is reflected in our activities, initiatives, and strategic direction.
ACHE Canada values and prioritizes diversity within the health care management field as both an ethical and business imperative. We embrace initiatives promoting diversity to improve the workforce for member’s organizations as well as ACHE Canada itself. We demonstrate a priority of diversity leadership and member compositions as diverse participation catalyzes improved decision making, productivity, and a competitive advantage. We note the vast geography of Canada and the importance of nation-wide Board representation. ACHE Canada supports the use of French and English languages, as well as local Indigenous languages as appropriate.
ACHE Canada commits to promote inclusion and diversity through the following activities:
Within the Organization:
- ACHE Canada will begin meetings acknowledging Indigenous Peoples and their land.
- ACHE Canada Nominating Committee will work to create and maintain a diverse leadership representing the populations and geography we serve. There will be best efforts to encourage broad diversity on the Board, including Francophone and Indigenous representation.
- Inclusion and diversity will form part of ACHE Canada’s operational plan and will provide a progress report as part of the Annual Business Meeting. Activities may include a periodic confidential survey, efforts to engage students, linguistics, etc.
- Working toward Reconciliation is an imperative as it supports predictability in relationship building and reporting. Referencing Principles of Reconciliation (trc.ca), ACHE Canada will ensure its annual goals assist in tangible actions related to Reconciliation.
Within the healthcare leadership field:
- Annually, publish a minimum of one article in the ACHE Canada newsletter, or host an event related to inclusion and diversity. ACHE Canada may also share other relevant learning resources (e.g., podcasts, books, etc.)
- Encourage members to advocate for inclusion and diversity within their respective work organizations.
What are next steps for ACHE Canada?
- ACHE Canada will work toward achieving its inclusion and diversity goals by implementing the activities noted above. The ACHE Canada Chair and Vice Chair are responsible for implementing, monitoring, and reporting on our efforts related to inclusion and diversity, particularly items in the Operational and Strategic Plans (e.g., age, geography, and language).
How can you support the Inclusion and Diversity Statement? Here are three suggestions:
- Read the Inclusion and Diversity Statement with care and consider how you can support inclusion and diversity in your workplace and as an individual. Then act.
- Volunteer or encourage others to volunteer.
- Mentor others, especially people who are not “like you”. Creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere goes a long way to build trust and receptivity. One area the Board has identified is the need to encourage more Canadian members under age 40 to join ACHE. Invite a mentee to join!
Note: This version of the Inclusion & Diversity Statement refers to the Chapter as “ACHE Canada”. At the time of approving this Statement the Chapter was formally known as the “Canadian Chapter of ACHE”. Only the name has been updated. All other content remains the same as previously approved.
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