Writers’ Trust Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy
Writers' Trust of Canada (WT) is committed to creating a community that is reflective of the diversity of writers and readers we serve. WT recognizes that various historic and structural inequities, due to discrimination based on age, class, cultural or linguistic background, disability, economic status, gender, gender identity, race, religion, and sexual orientation have created barriers to access. Consequently, equity measures are required to promote the full participation of our community – staff, volunteers, board of directors, partner organizations, writers, and in general any individual involved – in WT activities.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values to our beliefs. Creating and maintaining a culture of equity is not just the right thing to do, it is a non-negotiable priority.
WT will integrate equity principles into its decision-making regarding policies, practices, programs, partnerships, and services and will continue to address systemic barriers and historic challenges. Equity and diversity should inform strategic planning discussions, programming, and all WT activities.
Directors will have the opportunity to participate in annual antiracism and equity training while serving on the board of the WT. Staff will be expected to participate in ongoing training in these areas at regular intervals.
WT will foster a welcoming, barrier-free environment and build and nurture relationships with communities not traditionally involved in our work through targeted outreach activities.
WT programs, awards, activities, and services will strive to address and meet the varied needs of writers from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
WT will strive to ensure that the individuals participating in its activities reflect the diversity of the writing community. This includes the board of directors, staff, members, partners and volunteers, including task forces, committees, awards juries, event speakers, and other representatives. Periodically, WT will survey its membership and leadership on equity and diversity issues to evaluate its progress in this regard.
Truth and Reconciliation
WT is committed to building a plan of action with culturally informed support and guidance to ensure it takes important steps of learning, understanding and action towards Truth and Reconciliation.