Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategy

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



  • Event: July 29 2023 Emancipation Day Event

    A promotional flyer for the event. Image of Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History. All text included below.

    Join the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History and Ontario Heritage Trust for Emancipation Day — an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire — at the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History.

    Everyone is welcome for this free, fun and educational day featuring music, speakers and presenters, children's crafts and book signings that recognizes and promotes the cultural and racial diversity of Canadian society, while emphasizing that peoples of African descent have played a fundamental role in the development of the Canadian identity and heritage. The day also serves to advance the dialogue in support of the full and equal participation of Black individuals and Black communities.

    Seating is available or bring your own lawn chair.

    Southern barbecue lunch available for purchase from the Chilled Cork Food Truck.

    Speakers and performers

    London Collective Gospel Choir

    • Enjoy uplifting musical selections that emphasize hope and unity through faith by the London Collective Gospel Choir.

    Kwame Delfish

    • Hear from artist Kwame Delfish, the first Caribbean Canadian to design a coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. Delfish will speak about the creative process behind his design for the coin commemorating the No. 2 Construction Battalion — the largest all-Black battalion-sized unit in Canadian military history.

    Motown Boys

    • Dance to the tunes of Diana Ross, The Temptations and top-40 Motown hits with live renditions by the musical group Motown Boys, featuring George St. Kitts, Toni Anderson and Kenni Hite.

    Ruth Lor Malloy

    • Learn from Ruth Lor Malloy, a travel writer and activist. In the 1950s, she worked with the Toronto Joint Labour Committee for Human Rights to fight discrimination in Dresden. Malloy will talk about her book — Brightening My Corner: A Memoir of Dreams Fulfilled — and will host a book signing.

    Chef Patience Chirisa

    • Fire up all your senses with Chef Patience Chirisa, a culinary expert in African cuisine. Chef Chirisa will provide a delectable selection of finger foods for guests to sample, host a book reading and signing, and deliver a fun arts-and-crafts activity for children.

    Duane Gibson

    • Hear from D.O. Gibson, a two-time Guinness World Records-setting rapper, author and professional speaker. Gibson will be speaking on how Josiah Henson is a central part of his many performances, as it allows him to speak about slavery, the Underground Railroad, spirituals and about his dad’s portrayal of Josiah Henson in the Josiah Henson Museum’s interpretive video onsite.

    About the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

    The Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. This two-hectare (five-acre) complex celebrates the life and work of Reverend Josiah Henson and explores the history of the Underground Railroad in Ontario. The museum provides a space to discuss the legacy of slavery and racism and the enduring pursuit for social justice. Learn more

    Location:

    Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History
    29251 Freedom Road (formerly Uncle Tom's Road)
    Dresden, Ontario

    Map


    Learn more about Emancipation Day from the Government of Canada.

  • Event: Buxton 100th Homecoming Labour Day Weekend

    An image of Black community members gathered around a tree in a field. Text says Buxton 100th Homecoming. September 1-4, 2023. Learn more.


    The Buxton 100th Homecoming is happening on Labour Day weekend, September 1-4!

    Explore the historic town, party, play, and learn. Experience the rich heritage, vibrant events, and educational opportunities.

    Celebrate, connect, and honor the communities in the area.

    Everyone welcome.

    See the full schedule through Buxton National Historic Site & Museum.

  • News: DEIJ Strategy Going to Council June 26


    Tonight, we will present the high-level details of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Strategy at Municipal Council.

    With four areas of focus, the Strategy aims to support the Municipality, as a workforce and service provider, to be an active leader committed to prioritizing equitable opportunities, promoting diversity, and building a strong sense of belonging.

    The Council report summarizing our work to date and Appendix with details about the Strategy are available along with the full agenda on the Municipal website (see agenda Item 16).

    Thank you to all of the people and organizations who shared their perspectives and ideas to shape the Strategy, we couldn't have done this work without you.

    The Strategy is being shared through an Information Report. Later this year, during our new 4-year budget process, Council will be asked to approve funding to support full implementation of the DEIJ Strategy. In the meantime, we will continue to implement action items that do not require additional resources.

    Please reach out to our Coordinator, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. deij@chatham-kent.ca

  • New Resource: Report hate or discrimination in CK

    Stand against hate. Report it. CKVICTIMSERVICES.COM/REPOR-HATE Confidential and anonymous reporting. Don't want to report online? Call us at 519-436-6630. Chatham-Kent Victim Services.

    CK Victim Services has launched a new online tool to report incidents of hate or discrimination in CK.

    This new tool will give people an option to report outside of going to the police. Many people don’t report experiences motivated by hate or bias to police. The intention of this new tool is to 1) ensure that people can get access to supports if they need it, and 2) use the combined data to get an idea of trends in the community.

    Key points:

    • The tool is available on Victim Services website http://www.ckvictimservices.com/report-hate
    • People can also call Victim Services at 519-436-6630 and leave a message saying they want to make a report. Calls will be returned within 3 business days.
    • People can report their own experiences or experiences they witnessed.
    • People have the option of submitting an anonymous report or providing their contact information and indicating that they would like support from Victim Services.
    • Hate or discrimination could include things like (but is not limited to) harassment, intimidation, threats, denial of services, witnessing or seeing vandalism aimed at a person or the broader community because of a person’s race, ethnic origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disabilities, or other identities.
  • Event: June 23 Coffee with a Cop at Bill's Place

    Uniting over coffee. Building Trust and community. Coffee with a cop. Join us for coffee and conversation at Bill's Place 48 Centre St, Chatham. June 23, 10-12. CK Police Services and CK Gay Pride Association.


    CK Police Services and CK Gay Pride Association are hosting Coffee with a Cop at Bill's Place on June 23, 2023.

    Building relationships is vital for the safety and well-being of everyone. This will be a relaxed and informal setting for community members to meet with local law enforcement officers and foster mutual understanding and trust.

    All are welcome to attend!

  • Event: Our Lady of Fatima Festival

    Flyer for event. Text below. Call for details about the menu.


    The Portuguese Canadian Social Club of Chatham invites you to the Nossa Senhora de Fátima/Our Lady of Fatima Festival June 24th and 25th.


    Saturday June 24th:

    9AM Soccer tournament, Waterworks soccer field

    6-10PM Food for purchase

    8:30 Dance live band - piri piri


    Sunday June 25th:

    1:30PM Procession, St. Joseph's Church

    2:30PM Portuguese Mass, St. Joseph's Church

    5-6PM Foor for purchase (pre-ordered only)

    6-7:30PM Food for purchase

    8:30-10 General public

    7:30 Rancho de Chatham

    8:30 Dance live band - piri piri


    Call or text Filomena Ventura 519-436-7689 or Mary Lou Constancio 519-401-4233 by Friday June 23 to pre-order your meal for Saturday or Sunday.


    Learn about the Portuguese Canadian Social Club of Chatham on the Living CK website.

    Learn about Our Lady of Fatima on the Washington Post website.



  • Event: June 10th Fergie Jenkins Statue Unveiling

    Fergie Jenkins stands in the atrium of the Civice Centre in Chatham with a picture of his younger self in a Chicago Cubs jersey in the background.


    Just a reminder of the Fergie Jenkins statue unveiling happening Saturday, June 10th. The ceremony begins at 2PM at the Civic Centre in Chatham. A family-friendly celebration will be held starting at 3:30 at Sons of Kent Brewing Co. in Chatham

    Learn more about the event Fergie Jenkins Statue Unveiling | Let's Talk Chatham-Kent (letstalkchatham-kent.ca)

    Learn more about Fergie Jenkins: Fergie Jenkins’s Long and Grinding Road to Cooperstown | Library and Archives Canada Blog (thediscoverblog.com)

  • Event: June 21 National Indigenous Peoples Day


    A flyer with the logo and colours in the background of National indigenous peoples day. All text below.

    Maawnjidimi Indigenous Network invites you to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Wednesday, June 21, 2023 4-8PM at 25 Eighth Street, Chatham. (At the lot beside Ska Na Family Learning Centre).


    EVERYONE IS WELCOME.


    Indigenous vendors and information booths.

    Food booth.

    Children's activity table/area

    Reconcili-ACTION table.

    Maawnjidimi is providing FREE samples of corn soup, frybread, and Indian cookies.


    Agenda:

    2:30-4:30 Set up

    4:00-4:30 Opening and welcome announcements

    4:30-5:00 Drumming and dancing

    5:00-5:30 FREE samples (small bowl) corn soup and frybread

    5:30-6:00 Drumming and dancing

    6:00-6:30 FREE samples (small bowl) of Indian cookies

    6:30-7:00 Drumming and dancing

    7:00-7:30 FREE samples (small bowl) of strawberries

    7:30-8:00 Drumming and closing

    Agenda may change slightly with added guests.

    Free samples limited to on-serving per person. Seconds will be announced if there are leftovers.


    For more information or to register to have an information or vendor booth, contact maawnjidimi@gmail.com


  • Event: June 7 Book Launch

    A picture of the cover of 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars Barrier-Breaking Year by Heidi LM Jacobs. Picture of the author, a light skinned woman with orangey wavy hair smiles with bright red lipstick. A picture of Dr. Deidre McCorkindale, a woman with brown skin and dark hair in locs or braids, smiling. Book launch and conversation. Sons of Kent Brewing Co, 27 Adelaide Street South, Chatham June 7th, 7PM. A reading, conversation, Q&A and book signing. Author will be featured in a panel with filmaker LeSean Harris, descendents of All-Stars players' Blake Harding and Donald Tabron, and moderator Dr. Deidre McCockindale.Join the CK Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum in celebrating the publication of 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars’ Barrier-Breaking Year. The author Heidi LM Jacobs will be featured in a panel conversation with descendants of All-Stars players’ Blake Harding and Donald Tabron, and moderator Dr. Deirdre McCorkindale. Refreshments will be provided.


    About the book:
    This is the first book about the Black team who made a splash in a white dominated sport more than a decade before Jackie Robinson played Major League Baseball, and, in 2022, were recognized with the Order of Sport by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The All-Stars regularly beat their white opponents and challenged discriminatory ideas and practices in Canada, including segregationist policies in hotels and restaurants. They became the first Black team to win an Ontario Baseball Association championship. Author Heidi Jacobs and her colleagues at the University of Windsor did years of research to uncover this important part of the Canadian history of progress towards racial equity and North American baseball history.


    "Reading through the book, 1934: The Chatham Coloured All-Stars’ Barrier-Breaking Year it feels almost mythical, like an urban legend made manifest in your hands, bringing to life a story that would make you think you were watching a baseball movie. But this actually happened." –Windsor Life


  • Event: June 7 CK Chamber of Commerce Diversity Session

    Members of the CK Chamber, join the Chatham-Kent Camber of Commerce for Coffee. ConneCKt. Learn.

    At the Chatham-Kent Chamber office, 54 Fourth St, Chatham on June 7th 8:30am - 9:30am.

    This session is on diversity and inclusion and will be presented by hosts, Community Living Wallaceburg, Southern First Nations Secretariat and Community Living Chatham-Kent.

    You will learn:

    - what diversity and inclusion means to business and our community

    - supporting people to 'dream, believe, overcome and achieve'

    - Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

    - Employment Services Program, Skills Bank, Job Bank, Business Directory

    - Inclusive practices, cultural competency, and diversity.


    Complimentary for members. Registration required. Coffee.ConneCKt.Learn - Jun 7, 2023 - The Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce


    For more information, contact the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce at 519-352-7540 or info@chatham-kentchamber.ca


    A flyer for the Coffee. Connect. Learn. Diversity Session. All text included above.


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