Diversity and Inclusion is deeply rooted in the collective values of the Calgary Association of Legal Administrators (CALA).
We recognize different types of diversity such as
1. internal: race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age
2. external: appearance, disability, religious beliefs, relationship status, bias barriers;
3. organizational diversity: job function, level and management status, pay; and
4. our moral compass: what is inherently right for all.
With the recognition of diversity, our mission is to understand, foster and empower our membership and business partners towards inclusivity by bringing awareness, welcoming all and continuing an evolving process of sharing experiences, educating and conveying our knowledge beyond our membership and business partners.
We aim to accept, accommodate, recognize and respect everyone for who they are, committing to and creating a safe space for them to bring their attributes, talents and potential to CALA.
CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS AND OBSERVANCE DAYS
Please see below for a list of upcoming cultural and religious celebrations and observance days.
|New Year’s Day
|World Braille Day National Ribbon Skirt Day
|Christmas / Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox/Eastern)
|Orthodox New Year
|Martin Luther King Jr Day
|Raoul Wallenberg Day
|Lincoln Alexander Day
|International Day of Education World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture
|International Holocaust Remembrance Day
|National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia
|World Hijab Day Imbolc / Imbolg / Oimelc / Candlemas
|World Interface Harmony Week
|World Cancer Day
|White Cane Week
|International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
|February 6 (sundown) – 7
|Lailat al Miraj
|February 9 (evening) – 10
|Lunar New Year / Spring Festival
|Losar (Tibetan New Year)
|International Day of Women and Girls in Science
|World Radio Day Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras
|Vasant Panchami Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday
|February 14 – March 30
|National Flag of Canada Day Parinirvana / Nirvana Day
|Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week
|Family Day Islander Day Louis Riel Day Nova Scotia Heritage Day
|World Day of Social Justice
|International Mother Language Day
|Lantern Festival Māgha Pūjā Chötrul Düchen
|Pink Shirt Day
- Kathleen Nalty Consulting, LLC (https://kathleennaltyconsulting.com/)
- Equilibria E-Colours Assessments (https://equilibria.com/e-colors)
- HRx (https://hrx.tech/hrx-training/)
- Michael Bach (https://www.michaelbach.com/)
- Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (https://ccdi.ca/)
- Law Society of Alberta – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (https://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/about-us/key-initiatives/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives/)
Loving Day-June 12
National Indigenous People’s Day – June 21
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
This Black History Month’s theme for 2023 is “Ours to Tell” reminds us that we each have a story that is worthy of being shared, of being heard, and of being honored.
We welcome you to learn about noteworthy figures who have shaped our Canadian history, organizations and educational resources on the history of Black communities in Canada, significant events in black history in Canada and the legacy and impact of organizations led by Black women in Canada to name but a few areas of interest.
Interesting reads on black Canadians that played a significant role in history:
Canadian Black history museums and educational centres you may want to visit:
- Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Amherstburg, Ont.
- Amherstburg Freedom Museum, founded in 1975, is a community-based, non-profit museum that tells the story of African-Canadians’ history and contributions.
- Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Cherry Brook, N.S.
- Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia was established in 1983 to protect, preserve and promote the history and culture of African Nova Scotians. The centre is a museum and cultural gathering place where the history of Canada’s oldest Black communities can be discovered and explored.
- Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, Chatham, Ont.
- Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum highlights excellence achieved by Black community members in various disciplines such as arts, medicine, sports and music. It also shines a light on struggles and successes during the fight for civil rights.
- John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum, Lakeshore, Ont.
- John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum showcases artifacts that are reminders of the cruelty of slavery and the creative measures taken to secretly transport and hide people from hunters. The eight-hectare property also has a cemetery and a walkway that recreates the conditions that freedom seekers experienced while fleeing tracker dogs and hunters.
- Sheffield Park Black History Museum, Clarksburg, Ont.
- Sheffield Park Black History Museum includes artifacts that reflect pioneer life and times, the social networking of a community and the preservation of past generations.
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Dresden, Ont.
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site recognizes the accomplishments of slavery abolitionist Josiah Henson through interpretive videos, interactive exhibits, artifacts and tours that reflect the Black experience in Canada. The two-hectare site consists of the Josiah Henson Interpretive Centre, with its Underground Railroad Freedom Gallery and North Star Theatre, plus three historical buildings, two cemeteries and a sawmill that have been preserved as a legacy.
Suggested additional interesting reads focused on Black history in the United States:
- “The Half Has Never Been Told” by Edward E. Baptist takes an in-depth look at slavery’s role in the evolution and modernization of the United States.
- “Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides,” discusses the many ways that Black people are impacted by structural racism and help not only to understand the impact of racism, but also to practice empathy.
- “The 1619 Project” is a long-form historical recounting of the role slavery played in the transformation of America. The project references the year 1619, in which the first ship carrying enslaved Africans reached the shores of the colony of Virginia. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and project creator Nikole Hannah Jones hosts a podcast that dissects the link between slavery and American economics, the co-opting of Black musicians’ work, and the obstacles Black people faced with receiving healthcare and land ownership rights.
International Day of Indigenous People
There are an estimated 476 million indigenous peoples in the world living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
Indigenous Peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. Despite their cultural differences, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.
Indigenous Peoples have sought recognition of their identities, their way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years. Yet, throughout history, their rights have been violated. Indigenous Peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.
In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982. (https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day)
The National Day for Truth Reconciliation
The Calgary Association of Legal Administrators acknowledges the National Day for Truth Reconciliation. This day recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. To learn more, visit https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1631130192216/1631130220404
Description of the three icons
- The eagle to represent First Nations
- The narwhal to represent Inuit
- The beaded flower to represent Métis
#NDTR #EveryChildMatters #alabuzz
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Summary of the Final Report of the Trust and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Government of Canada Website entitled Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
- Summary document of the 94 Calls to Action.
- A Reconciliation Reading List compiled by the CBC of 15-must-read books.
- The Downie-Wenjack Fund website provides access to education on the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Included on the website are the recordings of stories provided by Indigenous leaders, residential school survivors, elders, musicians and teachers. These stories were broadcast on the 2021 DAY TO LISTEN across radio stations in Canada.
- The Moss-Bag Project – a local project from Bragg Creek who’s mission is to “create sustainable and reciprocal structures of support, by focusing on the health and education of Indigenous families and children”.
- The University of Alberta offers an Indigenous Canada course through their Massive Open Online Course system. From the website, “Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.”
- A list of Indigenous-made films provided by the National Film-board of Canada.
- A small set of resources about Indian Residential Schools:
- Murray Sinclair delivers statement on discovery at Kamloops Residential School.
- Un-Education Vol1: A Residential School Graphic Novel by Jason Eaglespeaker
- Native Women’s Association of Canada website
- Joyce’s Principle, A Brief presented by the Council of the Atikamekw of Manawan to the Governments of Canada and Quebec
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- An article titled “Pandemic Spurs Indigenous business women to become doubly creative.” Published in the Globe and Mail – 01-January-2021.
- Raven Trust – List of Top 10 Indigenous Podcasts
- https://www.krooshl.com/m/calgary – Website that provides locations of Accessible Venues in Calgary. The website will also show venues in Edmonton.
- Included By Design – Calgary organization providing accessibility Consulting Services (Sean Crump)
- Inclusion Through Design: You’re Only Temporarily-Able Bodied – TedxYYC talk by Sean Crump
- Cerebral Palsy Alberta – Life Without Limits Podcast – “Each episode will feature a topic regarding disability issues, mental health, or how to create a more inclusive world.”
- Deloitte Whitepaper called – Inclusion Survey: Uncovering Talent
- UK Guide entitled The Definitive Guide to Disability Inclusion in the Workplace
- Forbes Article – 8 Disability Podcasts that are Well Worth a Listen
- A Ted Talk from Stella Young about disability and society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn”.
- An article about “Attorneys With Disabilities Claim Role in Big Law Diversity Push” – Bloomberg Law (2022)
- A video about bias called “The Look”.
- A video called “The Quiet Power of Introverts”.
- A CNN interview with Heather McGhee called “Why racism hurts everyone, regardless of race”.
- A TEDxYouth talk discussing the importance of studying and learning about other cultures.
- A short (5 minute) TEDxYouth talk located here, presented by Kennedy Cook, a teenager.
- A short (5 minute) Ted Talk located here, presented by Ryan Gersava, discusses how one billion people worldwide are living with a disability, and too many of them are left unemployed, hiding conditions due to discriminatory hiring practices.
- A webinar on “The Future of DEI: How far have we come and what comes next?” – Gowlings WLG (2022)
- A TEDx Talk webinar (13 minutes) on how “Diversity Makes You Smarter” – Kathleen Nalty
- A Globe & Mail article about change leaders in the legal world, published 04-January-2021.
- A Law Times article titled “In 2021, diversity-inclusion strategies must be ‘action-oriented’ and ‘authentic’, published 05-January-2021.
- An opinion article titled “Why diversity is important to the legal profession” written by Sacha de Klerk at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada.
- An article titled “Coca-Cola general counsel gets tough with law firms that fail to meet diversity goals” published in ABA Journal 28-January-2021
- An article from the Globe & Mail about emotional exhaustion titled “Working from home is causing breakdowns”, published 22-March-2021.
- An article from Deloitte called “The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths.”
- An article from Boston Consulting Group called “Small Actions, Big Impact: How to be an Ally at Work and Why it Matters.”
- An article by Erin Durant at Durant Barristers titled “How to Better Support a High Performing Workforce and Yourself During the Pandemic”, published 21-February-2021.
- A list of Anti-Asian discrimination resources from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
- Book Recommendation: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.
- American Sign Language Cheat Sheet.
- An article on “Racial Bias Persists in Hiring. Firms and Companies Must Step Up” published by Bloomberg Law
- A Canadian Bar Association article on “Tips for Firms and Member Organizations Seeking to Promote Inclusion and Diversity – (2023)
- Book recommendation Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right by Michael Bach