As the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), we strive to create inclusive environments to advance justice, equity and diversity in our organization, our industry, and our communities. As individuals, we recognize our privileges and know that deepening our own understanding of oppression is a prerequisite to meaningful action We are dedicated to doing our own work, taking intentional steps to educate ourselves, and to holding ourselves accountable
We start by sharing a list of resources that help us increase our self-awareness and knowledge of present and historic injustices. We endeavored to highlight resources that center peoples’ expertise in their own lives and that speak to a diversity of experiences and perspectives. We do, however, recognize that as a single source we are not representative of the views of the entire community and welcome recommendations. This work is about collaboration and listening to one another. We continue to hold indispensable conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion to facilitate collective learning and dismantle barriers to access so that everyone can offer their invaluable input.
This is our commitment, and it is only a start. In order to move beyond inclusion toward participation, there must be a change to power structures and exclusionary practices. We genuinely believe that we can get there and beyond.
We are an inclusive space, accepting of all gender identities and expressions.
Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples by Bob Joseph and Cythina F. Joseph
Indian in the Cabinet by Jody Wilson Raybould
Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival by Bev Sellars
Indigenomics: Take a Seat at the Economic Table by Carol Anne Hilton
Deyen – Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women
Subdivided by Jay Pitter
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging by Dr. Gillian Creese
Against White Feminism by Rafia Zakaria
Disability Visibility: First-Person from the 21st Century; edited by Alice Wong
Care work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
In Defense of Housing by David J. Madden and Peter Marcuse
Capital City and the Real Estate State by Samuel Stein
Brave New Home by Diana Lind