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Becoming Allies: Key Considerations for You & Your Organization
(1) Why do You want to Be an Ally?
a. Are my motivations rooted in promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusivity, or is there a risk of unintentionally excluding others?
b. How can I (or my organization) move beyond surface-level allyship and take meaningful actions?
(2) Understanding Privilege & Oppression
a. How might I (or my family) or my organization benefit from systems like white supremacy, settler colonialism, and cisheteropatriarchy?
b. Am I well-informed about these terms and their implications?
(3) Action-Oriented Strategies
What concrete steps can I take or strategies can my organization employ to actively challenge and subvert these oppressive dynamics?
(4) Supporting BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA+ Needs
a. How can I ensure that I am genuinely addressing the specific needs of BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals?
b. Is financial support, symbolic gestures like flag-raising, and land acknowledgments sufficient?
c. How can we prepare to address potential backlash from extremist groups due to our allyship efforts?
(5) Self-Reflection & Incorporating Privilege Awareness
If a community or organization has not explicitly requested support, how can we begin to integrate self-analysis of privilege within our practices and organizational structures?
(6) Creating Safe & More Inclusive Spaces
our organization enhance safety, inclusivity, and appeal to BIPOC &
2SLGBTQIA+ individuals while actively encouraging requests for service,
coalition-building, and collaboration?
(7) Engaging with Diverse Perspectives
a. Have you explored written materials by BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, activists, and scholars?
b. Do you engage with qualitative or community-based research that articulates the specific needs of these diverse sub-populations?
(8) Listening to Concerns
What concerns or grievances have BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and allied individuals already expressed within or about your organization or profession?
(9) Learning from Existing Initiatives
Are there existing initiatives in other organizations that effectively support these populations? What lessons can we draw from them to improve our own efforts?
What are pronouns?
Pronouns are words commonly used to refer to individuals without repetitively using their names, making sentences flow more naturally. In English, pronouns often indicate a person’s gender, but neutral options also exist. Additionally, “alternative” pronouns exist, some of which have historical roots, evolving as people creatively engage with language. These alternatives are continually emerging. Various languages incorporate gender-neutral pronouns, with some languages offering numerous options. Despite societal progress, Canadian norms predominantly reflect a binary view of two sexes or genders. However, this framework doesn’t encompass everyone’s identity. Consequently, traditional pronouns like “he” and “she” may not be inclusive for everyone.
Why does it matter?
Sharing your pronouns & Alternatives
When should I ask? What if I make a mistake?