Indigenization - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Accessibility (I-EDIAA)

The Department of Geography and Planning's Indigenization-Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism, and Accessibility Committee (EDIIA) was formed in 2020-2021.
The purpose of the I-EDIAA Committee in the Department of Geography and Planning is to cultivate an inclusive community; create welcoming spaces for working, learning, and socializing for all students, faculty, and staff; ensure equitable and inclusive policies, processes, curricula, and events; support marketing, recruitment, and retention initiatives that enhance a diverse teaching and learning community in the Department; and to routinely monitor, evaluate, and report on our collective progress on these objectives. To this end, the EDIIA Committee will lead and promote departmental engagement with university-wide and community-oriented projects aimed at addressing the impacts of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-Asian racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, stigma of mental health issues, anti-Semitism, ageism and ableism in producing and reproducing injustices and inequalities. The Committee approaches equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization as social justice issues that must be addressed within the Department as a whole, and as such, is not work that ought to be limited to the EDIIA committee alone. By working synergistically with existing departmental committees, the EDIIA Committee will be positioned to surface social justice issues in the work of all departmental committees and hold the Department accountable for its commitment to EDII.

You can read more about the committee in its Terms of Reference (pdf, 153kB).


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Gjoa Haven Oral History Project

The Gjoa Haven Oral History Project is a youth-oriented oral history program designed to facilitate intergenerational knowledge sharing between Inuit Elders and youth in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. The project, led by Mark Stoller (Queen's) and Jennifer Ullulaq (Nattilik Heritage Society, Gjoa Haven), centres on the creation of a digital oral history archive featuring extensive interviews with local Elders and historical photographs of the community. Youth participants conduct, film, and edit the interviews, which are translated from Inuktitut with English subtitles. When completed, the archive will be included in the permanent collections at the Nattilik Heritage Centre. The project runs until 2025 and is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, the Government of Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and the Nattilik Heritage Society.

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