Equity Matters

The 3Ds of the Canadian Women's Movement: Delegitimization, Dismantling and Disappearance

Janine Brodie, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

The struggle for gender equality in Canada is multidimensional and ongoing, despite the increasingly widespread assumption that gender equality has been achieved (SWC 2005) and the assertion that “we are all equal now.”  The Canadian women’s movement (CWM), similar to its counterparts elsewhere, was and continues to be an amalgam of many different streams of political thinking, organization and activism. Although in the 1970s and 1980s the mainstream of the CMW achieved unprecedented access to Canadian governments...

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First Nations Higher Education Aspirations in Canada

Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering Committee, BC
Guest Contributor

2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This anniversary affords us all an important opportunity to think about the rights of our children in Canada – all of our children, including First Nations children.

In particular, the UN Convention reminds us that all children are entitled to receive an education that will promote their general culture and enable them to develop their abilities, their sense of moral and social...

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Leadership for Equity in Education: Deficit mentality is a major challenge

John P. Portelli, OISE, University of Toronto
Guest Contributor

Deficit thinking hinders leadership for equity. It privileges mainstream or conventional thinking and marginalizes any deviation from it. Yet, if one believes in a robust conception of democracy, one that fully respects social justice, diversity and equity, then leadership for equity should be a natural extension of democracy so conceived. However, even a softer form of democracy, for example, a liberal democracy such as ours in Canada, should be sympathetic to leadership for equity since such a conception and practice...

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Equity and Collective Bargaining in Canadian Universities

Linda Briskin, York University
Guest Contributor
Interventions to promote employment and pay equity often focus on legislation. However, collective bargaining is a significant although often invisible instrument for promoting workplace equity. Unions, which seek to promote both social transformation and the institutional mainstreaming of equality, can empower women to act collectively in their own interests, especially in the current global context.

‘Bargaining equity’ may well depend on what I have called ‘equity bargaining’. The former refers to the equity issues themselves while the latter to the process of bargaining, bargaining strategy...

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"Haitians...you are not alone"

Malinda S. Smith, vice-president Equity Issues

This photo shows Haiti's Presidential Palace, which collapsed during the earthquake of Jan. 12. Photo courtesy M Eriksson on Flickr.

There is a saying in Haiti, Tonia Dyer tells us, “When the nose is hit, the eyes cry. You have to look at the ripple effect of something like this.” On Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the Republic of Haiti experienced a devastating 7.0 earthquake, which was followed by some 34 aftershocks. The quake has been categorized as a “...

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Equity (Still) Matters

Malinda S. Smith, University of Alberta
Vice President,

Equity Issues Equity matters. It matters in our homes, in parliament, on corporate boards and in the halls of academe. Equity matters to individuals as an expression of our desire to be treated fairly and to be fair, even or perhaps especially, when it is not popular or easy to do so. It matters in law as a body of rules based on principles of fairness and justice. Equity matters in politics as an expression of democratic equality and human rights. And it matters in policy as an expressed commitment to ameliorating systemic discrimination and pervasive unfairness in social outcomes. Equity, in...

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