Updated October 12, 2022.
Despite the revitalization of global attention to racial justice in recent years, racism remains deeply embedded in our systems and communities. It continues to be seen in the compounded effects of various crises, such as the differentiated health outcomes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
We all have a role to play when it comes to actively addressing and eliminating racism in our communities.
Laridae condemns white supremacy and the racism ingrained within our political and cultural systems. We recognize that these exist in ways that are both overt and systemic, and that our collective systems subject racialized individuals to discrimination and injustice.
We grieve with so many around the world in the face of unjust deaths and ongoing discrimination.
We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) colleagues and community members. We are committed to confronting racism whenever and wherever we find it.
Laridae is a B Corp. We are deeply committed to justice and creating equitable and caring communities. What is clear, as we reflect on this powerful global moment, is that there is much, much more work for us to do. We can and will do better.
We commit to the following actions:
- Continue to educate ourselves as individuals and as a company.
- Continue to amplify historically underrepresented voices in our networks, especially Black and Indigenous voices.
- Prioritize equity and anti-racist practices and evaluate and improve our workplace processes and systems, both internally and through our work with all our non-profit clients.
- Continue to support BIPOC organizations and seek opportunities to provide volunteer or pro-bono support to emerging BIPOC organizations.
- Proactively work to combat racism in all its forms and in all contexts – as individuals, as a company, and in our work with clients.
We will do the work. And we will report back, publicly, on our efforts and activities in 12 months.
Yours in solidarity,
The Laridae Team
Commitments for upcoming 2022-2023 year
In addition to our commitment of continuous learning, we will:
- Implement our strategic plan and integrating EDI into every service offered
- Partner with EDI service providers to support non-profits with moving EDI into action and implementation
- Have 100% of Laridae’s full-time team certified through Indigenous Canada
- Prioritize building a healthy, diverse team as new roles become available
Actions in the 2021-2022 year
Team capacity building
- Two Indigenous cultural safety sessions
- One Anti-Black racism session
- Began full team certification through Indigenous Canada
- One session on how to support clients when addressing harassment and discrimination
Non-profit capacity building
- Hosted three Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression sessions, two of which were free of cost
- Embed self-evaluative EDI processes into consulting projects
- Completed a full review and update, integrating EDI principles into our training content
- Supported two BIPOC organizations with pro-bono work and volunteer time