What is inclusive futures?
Inclusive futures will happen when Calgary institutions have trusted and informed relationships with equity-seeking communities (ESCs). This is possible when ESCs:
- Are regarded as strengths to society.
- Have meaningful voices in decision-making and leadership.
- Are connected and feel empowered to act.
- Interact with systems where power is fairly distributed.
- Are valued for their differing opinions that challenge our thinking.
(Source: Derek Cook, Director of Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University
Why is inclusive futures important?
A key resilience challenge in Calgary is the lack of equity and inclusion in leadership and decision-making.
Other equity resilience challenges include:
- Anti-Black racism and racism experienced Indigenous communities and people of colour.
- Differential impacts of COVID-19 experienced by equity-seeking communities and people living in poverty.
- Increased polarization in society.
Working towards inclusive futures
In 2020 the resilience team worked on the following initiatives.
Increasing diverse representation on boards
Establishing equitable decision-making processes
Creating a community-informed plan to recover from the pandemic
Promoting community future-readiness
Equity-seeking communities (ESCs)
ESCs include groups of people who generally have less access to opportunities, resources, and systems of power because of their actual or perceived identity or identities. ESCs often experience social and financial disadvantages because of systems of oppression. Oppression takes many forms including but not limited to racism, sexism, and ableism.
Examples of ESCs include but are not limited to:
- Indigenous peoples
- Black communities/people of colour
- members of non-western religions
- people with mental illness or physical or intellectual disabilities
- older adults
- people experiencing poverty
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, intersex, queer/questioning, two-spirited (LGBTIQ2S+) and non-binary people
This list is not exhaustive and is always evolving
People who belong to multiple ESCs often experience overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.