Municipal services touch the lives of every resident and visitor. Addressing social inequities means services can address the needs of all citizens and improve the well-being of the community.

The Municipality of Kincardine is committed to developing actions to improve inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA).

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Lens 

Our community is becoming more and more diverse and so are the needs and aspirations of its residents and visitors. For this reason, we need to incorporate this reality into how we communicate, engage, plan and deliver services so we can remain relevant, meaningful and effective. To help us apply equity and inclusion to our work, we can ask some practical questions to improve IDEA.   

Resource:  Questions to ask yourself to work towards equity and inclusion 

Recognizing Diversity

Learning the history and developing an understanding of the different cultures and diversity in our community helps us become aware, rethink any assumptions, creates allyship and fosters a sense of connection with each other.

To help us get to know each other better, the Municipality of Kincardine will be highlighting different cultures, days of significance / remembrance and celebrations of our diverse community throughout the year. See the list here.

IDEA Strategy Development

Municipal services touch the lives of every resident and visitor. Addressing social inequities means services can address the needs of all citizens and improve the well-being of the community.

The Municipality of Kincardine is committed to developing actions to improve inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA).

We're also committed to developing an IDEA Strategy to ensure the organization strengthens diversity in the workforce and implements inclusive processes, policies, programs, and services.

To develop that strategy, we want to hear from you.

For the rest of 2021, we will be engaging with the public to understand IDEA needs and issues so that we can identify and focus on the most pressing priorities first.

There are many ways to provide your input:

  • Complete a survey online: www.surveymonkey.com/r/IDEAstrategy.
  • Join the community conversation on Kincardine Talks: www.KincardineTalks.ca
  • Host your own conversation to provide input to the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Strategy – use the “IDEA Generation Kit” to get started. As you work through the slides with your friends, family members, neighbours, or colleagues, have someone record responses and submit the notes to the staff below or submit online through www.surveymonkey.com/r/IDEAtoolkitresponses
  • Request a facilitated conversation with your organization.
  • Stay up to date - check back in on this page for ongoing information

Should you have any questions, require a different format to provide input or would like to request a facilitated conversation contact:

Lorie Fioze, Manager of Strategic Initiatives

lfioze@kincardine.ca or 519-389-1857.  

IDEA Committee

In order to develop the most relevant and meaningful priorities and actions for the Municipality to focus on in the short and long term, community engagement and advice is needed. One concrete way to do this is through the establishment of a Community Advisory Committee. The terms of reference for this Community Advisory Committee can be found here.  

Should you have any questions contact Lorie Fioze.

Our approach to this work

  • Diversity is a strength
  • Everyone holds unconscious bias and beliefs
  • Recognition that racism is present in our systems, processes and work 
  • Learn the history and lean into discomfort that comes with the awareness
  • This is a journey and we will listen and adapt as we have new understandings
  • Engage in meaningful, intentional collaboration and partnerships
  • Inject care, compassion and empathy into our approach and actions

IDEA Committee Membership

Madison Cachagee

Randy Hughes

Joye Hunt

Lanny Irvine

Jordyn O'Connor

Tracy Primeau

Branko Veljovic

Councillor appointed to the committee: Andrea Clark

Municipal Staff lead: Lorie Fioze 

 

For more information, please see the June 7, 2021 staff report to Council on establishing an IDEA Advisory Committee.

Understanding Equity and Anti-oppression Workshop

To help us on our IDEA journey, we are hosting equity and inclusion workshops, for Council, Committees of Council, staff and the community. Three sessions will be offered via Zoom. 

The sessions will be led by Parul Pandya, the founder and community consultant of Community Impact Consulting. Parul has been skillfully working in non-profit groups in various roles through the past two decade, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. For more about Parul, please click on the About Us tab on the Community Impact website.

This workshop will engage participants in conversations around common language and terms aligned with anti-oppression, equity, anti-racism and inclusion. Uncovering our own motivations to incite positive actions through each of our own avenues of access.

Choose one of three sessions:

  • Thursday October 7, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday October 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • CANCELLED: Thursday November 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m - stay tuned for rescheduled date

Spaces in the workshops are limited! To register for one session click here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFTDDKP

You will know when your attendance is confirmed when you receive a calendar invitation which will include a Zoom link.

We recognize that this is just the start of our IDEA activities, and we invite you to join us in this journey.

 

Professional Art Installation by Phillip Saunders

A mural dedicated to inspiring Black Canadians has been completed at the Davidson Centre track and field shed. It's dynamic, colourful, and celebrates Black Canadian heritage, history and continued contributions.

 

Why do we need an Afrocentric mural? Click here to read more.

We all want a community where residents and visitors feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identifies. We want a community where each and every person feels accepted, connected, free of barriers and has a real sense of belonging. So if we all want this inclusive community, why are there comments against the creation of a mural that will depict one segment of our community – Black and Racialized communities?

Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that an inclusive community is not experienced by all people who live in or visit our community. But we are not alone in this. Racism is an issue that is happening across Ontario, Canada and the world.

Changing society and eliminating racism from our culture and our systems is uncomfortable messy work but if we push through the discomfort the change we are all seeking can happen. 

 

 

Image of a section of the mural Image of a section of the mural

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