City of Lethbridge Diversity and Inclusion Commitment Statement
The City of Lethbridge recognizes the diversity of our community and will reflect that diversity within our organization, working to ensure programs, services, facilities and employment opportunities are inclusive to all people.
Building on our 2007 commitment to the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities, we are creating capacity to be responsive to the diverse needs of our community as well as the protection and promotion of employee physical, psychological and social well-being. We support the community in its efforts to address racism and discrimination as we continue to work together towards being a welcoming and inclusive community.
Everyone is welcome in Lethbridge and everyone's needs should be met. We are all in this together.
To further our commitment, we are pleased to have a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist on staff to support this commitment. If you have any questions or ideas, or if you would like to get involved please contact Tymmarah (Tymm) Mackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-360-4967.
Recognition of Territory
The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains and pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Diversity Work Being Done
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist's Areas of Focus:
- Policies, Procedures and Processes
- Inclusive Hiring – Reflecting the Community We Serve
- Building Capacity – Employee Engagement and Education
- Community Engagement
- Education and Resource to the Community
Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
The Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) Working Group brings together City staff who are working on diversity- and inclusion-related initiatives. The focus is on sharing of information, collaboration and idea creating.
Understanding that attracting, retaining, and developing all employee talent is essential to the City of Lethbridge's success in delivering public service, the LILTT embraces a broad, inclusive vision to "Recognize, Develop and Enable Women's Potential," through inspiring all employees, managers and leaders to demonstrate and support workplace diversity and equity.
It is the vision of the LILTT that this group is a pre-cursor and not the end result of raising awareness and advocating for a more diverse and inclusive workforce. There is a need to embed diversity and inclusivity into the City's corporate culture and the members of LILTT are committed to this vision.
The City of Lethbridge is currently developing a Mobility/Accessibility Master Plan that will provide direction to new developments, redevelopments, and planning initiatives to ensure equal access within the physical environment is provided to all residents of the city regardless of their ability.
The Mobility / Accessibility Working Group, made up of representatives from across the City, coordinates the approach to championing community accessibility in our physical infrastructure. Our goal is to continue identifying mobility / accessibility concerns and address them as budget and time permits.
The City of Lethbridge is proud to support employee mental health and well-being by participating in Not Myself Today®, an initiative by Partners for Mental Health.
The Lethbridge Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA) is a community-based organization that supports the promotion of diversity and inclusion in Lethbridge.
Mission: To create a community space where individuals from diverse faiths, traditions, and worldviews can come together to deepen their understanding of each other and work together for the common good.
Lethbridge Local Immigration Partnership-(LIP) is a community development initiative. Their goal is to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.
Lethbridge LIP seeks to collaborate with, strengthen and work together with local residents, community agencies, initiatives, organizations, businesses and government agencies.
The Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee will act as an advisory committee to City Council on issues relating to reconciliation. The Committee will champion the Reconciliation Implementation Plan, promote mutual understanding and support of urban indigenous populations and the municipality's relationship with the Blackfoot Confederacy.
The Youth Advisory Council exists to foster a relationship between Lethbridge City Council and the youth of the City of Lethbridge.
Given the recent attention to hate-related incidents in Alberta, there is a significant need to document these incidents. The purpose of the #STOPHATEAB website is to fill this gap and create a space to document. Using their online form, users can document hate incidents, and can help build our "real-time" map of documented hate incidents.
Information generated from the #STOPHATEAB website will support the outreach and education initiatives of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee.
IMPORTANT: If you have been a victim of a HATE CRIME please report this to your local police department.
In Alberta, the Alberta Human Rights Act protects Albertans from discrimination in certain areas based on specified grounds. The purpose of the Alberta Human Rights Act is to ensure that all Albertans are offered an equal opportunity to earn a living, find a place to live, and enjoy services customarily available to the public without discrimination.
The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) initiative is a partnership between the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Government of Alberta to support municipalities to implement policies and practices to help overcome issues of racism and discrimination. The goal of the WIC initiative is to create communities where all residents and visitors enjoy a sense of belonging and where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community, and improves the quality of life for all residents.
This network brings together municipalities that want to improve their policies against racism, discrimination, exclusion and intolerance. Its strength lies in the shared experiences of its members. Together, the municipalities undertake initiatives to eliminate all forms of discrimination with a view to building open and inclusive societies.
In Canada, 77 cities are members of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. They advance initiatives to:
- improve their practices to promote social inclusion
- establish policies to eradicate all forms of racism and discrimination
- promote human rights and diversity
The cities follow through on the Coalition's commitments for respecting, protecting and promoting human rights and diversity.
Mission: To provide a platform
for municipal governments, community organizations, and other interested
persons to share information, skills, and experiences to collaboratively create
communities where everyone experiences a sense of belonging, free from social
barriers, and are active participants in the social, cultural and economic life
of the community.