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: June 9 and 10 Ahlan Bazaar

    Visit the Ahlan Bazaar, June 9th and 10th from 2-6PM at the Chatham Islamic Centre, 310 McNaughton AveWest, Chatham.

    Get ready for Eid al-Adha or support the community and vendors. Jewelry, food (all halal), clothing, henna, and eyebrow threading.

    Free entry. Cash only for payments.

    Please contact Maha Muhareb with any questions 519-359-4024 or mamuhareb@hotmail.com

    Flyer promoting the Ahlan Bazaar. Image of sweets, henna, clothes, and lanterns. All text on the flyer is above.

  • Event: Bkejwanong Pow Wow

    This weekend is the 29th annual Walpole Island Spring Pow Wow. The event is open to everyone. See image below for more details.


    Tips for the Bkejwanong Pow Wow:

    Listen to the Master of Ceremonies – they’ll explain what’s happening to help visitors.

    Ask permission before taking pictures.

    Outdoor settings are sometimes uneven so watch your footing.

    Sometimes bleachers are available for people, but it never hurts to bring a chair with you.

    Seats closest to the dancing circle are reserved for singers, dancers, and drummers.

    Respect that some sections set aside for those with mobility issues to sit with mobile chairs or walkers.

    Leave pets at home as animals are not necessarily at cultural gatherings and ceremonial functions.

    Don’t touch people’s regalia without permission. They are not costumes, and hold special meaning to dancers.

    Feathers are sacred – if one falls, do not pick it up. Leave it where it is.

    Sometimes specials can include placing a blanket on the ground for generous donations by visitors.

    Want to get in on the dancing? Intertribal dances are for all people present to partake in the dance.

    Support the vendors. Some vendors may have interact or etransfer options, but please make sure you have cash on hand as well.

    Security is provided for parking lot areas.

    Ambulance and police are present.

    Don’t bring alcohol or drugs.

    Have fun!


  • May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia


    A group of people of different ages, skin colours, fiaights, gender presentations, and abilities together. Text reads Together Always, United in Diversity.

    Every year on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia is honoured. The day was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, and Asexual people, and all people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex characteristics. May 17th was chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder, on May 17th 1990.

    In recognition of the diversity across 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, this year’s theme is ‘Together always: United in diversity.”


    Resources:

    Learn

    Learn more about May 17th, about homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia and the impacts they have at the May 17th website or from Fondation Émergence.

    Learn about terminology, inclusive language, and how to be supportive of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities from:

    CK Pride’s website – scroll down for quick tips

    Spectrum’s website

    Diversity Ed website

    Pride at Work website

    5 Ways you can support 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the workplace on the Municipality’s Economic Development Youtube channel.

    Upcoming Webinar: June 7th, 1PM Celebrating and Elevating 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities for allies, 2SLGBTQIA+ members, and everyone. Offered by Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.


    Supports

    CK Gay Pride Association: https://www.ckpride.com/ (local social and educational events)

    Trans Wellness Ontario: https://www.transwellness.ca/ (low barrier access to a variety of services for members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, their friends, and families)

    PFLAG Canada: https://pflagcanada.ca/ (support for 2SLGBTQIA+ families and loved ones)

  • Volunteer: CK Reconcili-ACTION Committee

    Maawnjidimi Urban Indigenous Network are looking for volunteers to participate on a Reconcili-ACTION Committee to plan and coordinate activities and events for CK in 2023.

    The first meeting is on Wednesday, May 10th from 7-8PM via Zoom.

    ZOOM MEETING LINK https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82352231544?pwd=OVpveXhwb25lWWRkQldJdFJrbzNnUT09

    Meeting ID: 823 5223 1544

    Passcode: 795509

    Metings wiill be held in-person and via Zoom every Wednesday afterwards.

    Everyone is welcome to participate.


    A flyer promoting the Reconcili-ACTION Committee. All text details are above the flyer.

  • Event: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Vigil

    Flyer for the vigil. On the lefts side is the outline of a woman, with black, long braid, in a red dress. MMIWG Awareness Day. May 5th is red dress day. You are invited to a vigil. Friday, May 5th, 2023. 7-8PM. Deshkan Ziibi Indigenous Hub, 496 King Street West, Chatham. Prayer, smudge, hand drumming, and guest speakers. Everyone is welcome. Co-Sponsored by Ska:Na Family Learning Centre, The Bleak House, 7 Generations Indigenous Cultural Friendship Centre, Women's Equity Business, Minose Miikana.Join local Urban Indigenous communities and Service Providers in honour of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (Red Dress Day). See flyer for details.

    Friday, May 5th, 7-8PM. Deshkan Ziibi Indigenous Hub, 496 King Street, from 7-8. Event will be outside.

    There will be prayer, smudging, hand drumming, and guest speakers.

    You will see red dresses hung to represent the women and girls who have are missing or have been murdered.


    Please feel free to share with others, this event is open to everyone.


    About The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Kin:

    Also called Red Dress Day, the day honours and brings awareness to the disproportionate violence that Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people face in Canada. Bkejwanong Territory have chosen to use the work Kin to be inclusive.

    The red dress was inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project, in which she hung empty, red dresses to represent the missing and murdered women.

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Women found that, in Canada:

    • Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people are 12x more likely to go missing or be murdered than all other women, and 16x more likely than Caucasian women.
    • In the last 30 years, more than 4000 Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people have gone missing or been murdered. That’s about 133 a year or 3 a week.
    • Because of persistent forms of oppression (racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism), complaints about missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Women, are less likely to be taken seriously or followed up.

    The National Inquiry led to 231 Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries, and all Canadians.

    To learn more:

    Read the final report and Calls for Justice from the MMIWG National Inquiry on the National Inquiry website

    Visit the National Family and Survivors Circle website

    Visit the Amnesty International No More Stolen Sisters website

    Find book, video and podcast recommendations on Simon Fraser University’s website.

    Supports:

    This day may be triggering for some people. Help is available.

    National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls toll-free support phone line (24/7) 1-844-413-6649

    Hope for Wellness Help Line (24/7) 1-855-242-3310

  • Walpole Island First Nation 29th Annual Spring Pow-Wow

    On May 20-21, Bkejwanong Territory is hosting it's Annual Spring Pow-Wow, M'nookmig Jiingtamook (Ojibwe). The event is open to everyone and free for the general public to attend.

    Tips for people attending are below the poster.

    Pow Wow flyer. Location: Walpole Island Sports Complex Fairgrounds (immediately after crossing the bridge). Inside arena if imclement weather forecasted. Directions: Off of 33 and 40 Highways, from Sarnia or Wallaceburg, Ontario. Also at Algonac, Michigan/Walpole Island Ferry. Vendors: Vendor fees apply for 2 days only. Authentic Indigenous cuisines, crafts are preferred. Other service/information booths available. Grand Entries: Saturday, May 20, 12PM and 6PM. Sunday, May 21, 12PM. Grass dance blessing daily. Host Drum: Whiteye Singers, Bkejwanong Territory. Head Senior male Dancer: Dennis Whiteye (Bkejwanong Territory). Head Senior Female Dancer: Neebing Whiteye (Bkejwanong Territory). Head Junior Male Dancer TBD. Head Junior Female Dancer: Miley Soney (Bkejwanong Territory). Specials: Baby pageant Sunday, Others TBD. Honour Guard: Wapole Island Veterans Association and Others attending. Singing Groups: All singing groups require minimum of 5 exclusive singers at registration. Youth and adult Smoke Dance Exhibition and Special Sunday, regalia required. Walpole Island First Nation Residential School Survivor Group Eagle Staff Presentation, Saturday. Sixties Scoop and Indian Day School Survivors, Saturday. No personal/private fundraising, raffles. Indemnity: WIFN and the Mnookmig Jiingtamook Committee will not be held responsible for injuries, lost/stolen/damaged articles, or short-funded travellers. The pow-wow is sponsored by various volunteers, administration, departments, services, community businesses, and community partnerships. Accomodations: Nearest hotel is Wallaceburg Inn 519-627-0781. Others in Sarnia, Chatham, or Sombra, Ontario. Camping: Tents only. Electricity/water: There are no electrical or water hook ups. Vendors to supply their own. Emergency Services: On site. More information: Stacey Nahdee at stacey_nahdee@hotmail.com Mobile: 226-627-9133 or Facebook: Stacey Nahdee



    About:

    Pow-Wow gatherings are a spiritual and social gathering where people come together to dance, sing, heal, meet old friends, and make new ones. It’s a time to celebrate and reconnect with each other and Mother Earth.

    Tips:

    Listen to the Master of Ceremonies – they’ll explain protocol to help visitors.

    Ask permission before taking pictures.

    Do not touch people’s regalia without permission. They are not costumes, and hold special meaning to dancers.

    Feathers are sacred – if one falls, do not pick it up. Leave it where it is.

    Seats closest to the dancing circle are reserved for singers, dancers, and drummers.

    Bring a chair with you.

    Do not bring alcohol or drugs.

    Outdoor settings are sometimes uneven so watch your footing.

    Leave pets at home as animals are not necessarily at cultural gatherings and ceremonial functions.

    Sometimes bleachers are available for people to watch the gathering.

    Respect that some sections set aside for those with mobility issues to sit with mobile chairs or walkers.

    Sometimes specials can include placing a blanket on the ground for generous donations by visitors.

    Intertribal dances are for all people present to partake in the dance.

    Some vendors may have interact or etransfer options, but please make sure you have cash on hand as well.

    Security is provided for parking lot areas.

    Ambulance and police are present.

    Enjoy all the vendors and have fun

  • Municipal Committees Looking for Volunteers

    Two of our Municipal groups are recruiting volunteer members with the intention of including people from various communities, with varying perspectives, and experiences. Please share with folks who may be interested. These Committees are a great way to network, understand some of the work that the Municipality does, and contribute to the community.


    The Chatham-Kent Food Policy Council

    Accepting applications until April 28th. Learn about the Council at the Chatham-Kent Food Policy website.

    Flyer promoting recruitment for the CK Food Policy Council. The CK Food Policy Council is looking for volunteers who have an interest in any sector of CK's food system. We are recruiting representatives for various positions. The Food Policy Council is an official group under the Board of Health for CK Public Health. Members must be 18 years of age and live, work, or provide services in Chatham-Kent. Learn more about the food policy website letstalkfood-CK.com/CKFPC, call 519-352-7270, extension 2496, or email FoodPolicyCouncil@chatham-kent.ca



    Together CK Grants Committee

    Applications open until May 5th. Learn about the Committee and apply on Let's Talk CK.

    A flyer promoting Together CK Committee volunteer recruitment. Includes an image of people in a circle talking.


  • Intercultural Competency Workshops 2023

    Flyer advertising the workshops. Text is included below.

    Living Chatham-Kent has partnered with WILL Immploy to host a 4-part Intercultural Competency Workshop series to help Chatham-Kent employers attract, retain, and onboard diverse talent. During this training you’ll learn about intercultural communication, best practises when hiring, onboarding employees, and more.


    Register Today at LivingCK.ca/careerexpo

    Intercultural Competency Workshop events:
    Module 1 – Introduction to Intercultural Competency (Virtual)
    April 17, 2023: 11:30am – 1:00pm

    Module 2 – Intercultural Communication (Virtual)
    May 3, 2023: 11:30am – 1:00pm

    Module 3 – Power Dynamics and Systemic Discrimination (Virtual)
    May 17, 2023: 11:30am – 1:00pm

    Module 4 – Inclusive Best Practices (In-Person)
    May 31, 2023: 8:30am – 10:30am
    Venue: Studio One – Chatham Cultural Centre
  • Event for Eid Ul-Fitr 2023

    Flyer advertising the event. Text is below.


    The Muslim Students of Chatham-Kent present a celebration in honour of Eid Ul-Fitr. April 29, 2023, 3:30-6:30PM at Kingston Park. Open for all. Join the group for burgers, refreshments, fun, and games. Speaker is Imam Bakhtiyar.

    Contact Imam Bakhtiyar 647-893-9322 or Br. Ishraq 519-350-3136 to volunteer or to help sponsor.

  • Event for National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people May 5th


    Walk for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Kin in honour of National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Kin. May 5th, 4PM at the Baseball Diamonds in Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Islan First Nation) walking to Highbanks Park. Wear red. Brought to you by Walpole Island First Nation Right to Play and Bkejwanong Family Well-Being Program. Help spread awareness and show support of families of missing and murdered kin.

    Please wear red, come out and support Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) and honour National Day for Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people.

    Please feel free to share with others, this event is open to everyone.


    About The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Kin:

    Also called Red Dress Day, the day honours and brings awareness to the disproportionate violence that Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people face in Canada. Bkejwanong Territory have chosen to use the work Kin to be inclusive.

    The red dress was inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project, in which she hung empty, red dresses to represent the missing and murdered women.

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Women found that, in Canada:

    • Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people are 12x more likely to go missing or be murdered than all other women, and 16x more likely than Caucasian women.
    • In the last 30 years, more than 4000 Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people have gone missing or been murdered. That’s about 133 a year or 3 a week.
    • Because of persistent forms of oppression (racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism), complaints about missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Women, are less likely to be taken seriously or followed up.

    The National Inquiry led to 231 Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries, and all Canadians.


    To learn more:

    Read the final report and Calls for Justice from the MMIWG National Inquiry on the National Inquiry website

    Visit the National Family and Survivors Circle website

    Visit the Amnesty International No More Stolen Sisters website

    Find book, video and podcast recommendations on Simon Fraser University’s website.


    Supports:

    This day may be triggering for some people. Help is available.

    National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls toll-free support phone line (24/7) 1-844-413-6649

    Hope for Wellness Help Line (24/7) 1-855-242-3310

Page last updated: 18 Jul 2024, 03:44 PM