Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Policy (EDI)

Braeburn is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization where all employees, clients, partners and volunteers, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, disability, creed or socio-economic status feel valued and respected.
We honour diverse life experiences and heritages and strive to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
Braeburn recognizes the dignity and worth of all people by treating those served by the organization as well as its employees equitably, by providing services in a fair and transparent manner, by consulting with communities and making sure everyone can participate in decision-making.
We recognize the unique status and cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and their right to self-determination.
Braeburn recognizes the barriers of discrimination and disadvantage faced by human rights protected groups. We acknowledge the history of racism and discrimination in our society and will proactively seek ways to eliminate racism and discrimination as experienced by people who have been marginalized within our communities.
To further address this, Braeburn strives to create an environment of equality and inclusion within the agency, its services, programs and partnerships for all people regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, disability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, immigrant status, receipt of public assistance, political affiliation, religious affiliation, level of literacy, language and/or socio-economic status.
We will continually examine our organization’s practices and policies in order to make positive changes that will achieve access and equality of outcomes for clients, our workforce and volunteers and to foster an environment that actions inclusion and is free from discrimination, harassment and hate.
We commit to creating equitable access to opportunities and benefits for all service recipients, employees and volunteers. We will be intentional in our commitment to inclusion by striving for full participation and sense of belonging through policies, practices and actions.
We are committed as an employer and service provider to modeling diversity, inclusion, and equity and maintaining fair and equal treatment for all. To this end, Braeburn will apply an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens to all of its activities to identify and remove barriers and to support best practices in planning, implementation and evaluation of its programs and services.
Braeburn is dedicated to supporting thousands of children, youth and families across the communities that we serve. Many of the people we serve, our workforce and volunteers represent communities that have experienced real and fundamental harms of racism both historically and in the present day.
In the course of our work Braeburn will engage in meaningful actions that contribute to ending the societal and systemic racism that have been responsible for these great harms and help dismantle the inequities that racism has created.

This statement was adapted from the strong foundational framework created by the City of Toronto and we thank them for leading the way.

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