E-News Community Update from the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR)
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What's Coming up?


1. HEDR's September Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1092 Speers Road, Oakville (HMC)
  • Includes training by Karamjit Sangha-Bosland and Mary Jane Farrish (Halton District School Board) on The Danger of a Single Story: Exploring Culturally Responsive Practices (This is Part 2 of the training from HEDR's May Membership Meeting - Part 1 of the presentation is located here)

RSVP with Paula if you would like to attend this training and/or meeting.

2. Save the Date!

HEDR's first Equity and Diversity Conference

Monday, Oct 6, 2014
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Milton Sports Centre Banquet Room
(605 Santa Maria Boulevard, Milton)
Cost: Free!

Keynote speaker is Rita Samson, Public Education and Outreach Officer, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Rita Samson’s keynote will provide an introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code and the roles of the three organizations that make up Ontario’s human rights system. She will also introduce the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on Competing Human Rights which provides a tool that organizations can use to deal with situations when the rights of two or more individuals or groups come into conflict. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to work through a competing rights case study using the framework set out in the OHRC policy.
More speaker details and workshop information to come.  Contact Paula to save your spot and register now!

What has HEDR been up to?


Our Official Launch on May 30, 2014

Do you see yourself in attendance at the official launch?  Over 60 people were in attendance to see HEDR members officially launch the Roundtable!  This was a huge success for HEDR as we begin to provide resources and training to create a more inclusive and equitable Halton community, thanks to a three-year, $225,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) made in Fall 2013.  Read more and see more photos...
Click here to read about HEDR in the Oakville Beaver

Resources Corner: Sharing Promising Practices

How to make a meeting inclusive

  1. Consider visually welcoming signage such as a multilingual ‘Welcome’ banner.
  2. Check a multifaith calendar to avoid any conflict with significant religious or cultural dates or events.  It is good practice to check if the date and time of the meeting is not in conflict with some key widely practiced religious or cultural events. Examples: (a) during the month of Ramadan, Muslims break their daytime fasting with prayer at 7:00 p.m. or at sunset, (b) Jewish Holidays such as Pesah (also called Pesach or Passover) and Yom Kippur celebrations start at sundown on the eve of the holiday.
  3. Provide an accessible facility and a welcoming environment - it is recommended that the meeting location is physically accessible (including close to a bus stop) and safe for all potential attendees. Read more...
Click here to access more resources on our website

Do you have a resource (e.g. promising practice, article, policy) that you would like to share with fellow HEDR members and the community?  Contact us to spotlight your resource in the next newsletter!
Issue 1.1: Aug 2014

About Us

The Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) is a community wide initiative and collaborative of organizations, institutions, groups, businesses, and individual community members that is committed to building systemic inclusion and equity in Halton.

Our mission is to develop the capacity of organizations, groups and businesses in Halton to be inclusive and equitable of all forms of human diversity in their practices, policies and services.
Contact Us:

Paula Lam
HEDR Coordinator
Phone: 905-842-2486 x 227
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Around the Web: Equity and Diversity Links...


A special thanks to the Resources Working Group, who developed this newsletter.  If you would like to contribute to developing the next newsletter, please contact us.  

Thank you to all our HEDR members for resource contributions, links and suggestions!  For a list of HEDR members, click here.
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