TAKE NOTE: University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union–statement on Equity Policies

Check out the opening paragraph:


As many of our members are settlers on Turtle Island, the Union directly benefits from the colonization and genocide of the indigenous peoples of this land. It is imperative that the Union acknowledge that it is on occupied land and that to engage in acts of decolonization is an important aspect of equity work in Canada…

                                            From: U.T.G.S.U. Policy Handbook
(Last updated 8 June, 2015)

The rest of it HERE (p. 32)


The substantive reports of two federal-level Commissions
1) Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Work of several years completed in 1996, in 5 volumes:
1.Looking Forward, Looking Back
2.Restructuring the Relationship
3.Gathering Strength
4.Perspectives and Realities
5.Renewal: A Twenty-Year Commitment
Visit here

2) Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Summary
Work of 4 years completed in May 2015
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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One thought on “TAKE NOTE: University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union–statement on Equity Policies

  1. the full text from p. 32, U.T.G.S.U. Policy Handbook (Original Version Ratified by U.T.G.S.U. General Council on 28 April 2003; Prepared in 2002 -2003 from the U.T.G.S.U. Constitution.
    To Be Used as an Addendum to the U.T.G.S.U. Bylaw Document; Last updated 08 June 2015)
    https://www.utgsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/June-2015-Policy.pdf

    G.9.2 Equity Statement
    G.9.2.1 The following statement expresses the Union’s commitments to equity and
    informs the way in which we conduct business of the Union. The
    statement will be read aloud during the opening address of meetings of
    the membership, the Board of Directors, and at U.T.G.S.U. events:
    As many of our members are settlers on Turtle Island, the Union directly
    benefits from the colonization and genocide of the indigenous peoples of
    this land. It is imperative that the Union acknowledge that it is on occupied
    land and that to engage in acts of decolonization is an important aspect of
    equity work in Canada.
    Student Union solidarity is based on the principle that all members
    deserve to be equal, respected and should be understood. As members of
    the Union, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals.
    We do not condone or tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity of
    any individual. Expressions of hate such as intimidation, harassment,
    offensiveness or hostility will not be tolerated.
    We will struggle against all forms of discrimination and harassment,
    including but not limited to: Islamophobic, anti-semitic, sexist, racist,
    classist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist sentiments and remarks.
    We all have an obligation to ensure that an open and inclusive space, free
    of hate is established. We support growth and understanding and believe
    in providing opportunities for individuals to acknowledge the impact of their
    remarks, with the understanding that the experiences of those impacted by
    discriminatory sentiments or remarks will be privileged.
    If you are not here in an understanding of good faith or you have violated
    this understanding, you will be asked to leave. Do you agree?

    Adopted: February 2015
    Amended: March 2015

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