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Canadian Science Policy Centre | Panel 502 - Science and Inclusivity: Going Beyond the Slogans

Panel 502 - Science and Inclusivity: Going Beyond the Slogans

Conference Day: 
Day 2 - November 8th 2018
Takeaways and recommendations: 

Science and inclusivity: going beyond the slogans

Organized by: Deborah Currie, Director, SHAD Fellow Network

Speakers: Alex Bouchard, Inaugural Member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council and SHAD Fellow 2009; Eva Greyeyes, SHAD Fellow 2018; Joseph Tafese, SHAD Fellow 2017, Student, University of Waterloo

Moderator: Tim Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer, SHAD

Takeaways and recommendations

  • There is a separation of northern communities from mainstream Canadian dialogue. Consider the North and understand how to reach these communities.

  • Showcase opportunities to youth from diverse backgrounds. For example, a special preparatory school was advertised only in suburban Edmonton, excluding other communities in the city.

  • The conversation around indigenous issues mostly focuses on crises, as opposed to successes.

  • Enhance education around indigenous issues in positive ways that deepen appreciation and respect, and understand indigenous thought and education.

  • The STEM conversation needs to evolve to shift towards outcomes and inclusion.

  • Diverse opinions and approaches lead to workable solutions. Philanthropic pursuits or charities discuss opportunities and potential decisions with their target audience.

  • Build approaches with targeted communities that focus on long-term solutions and not short-term wins.

  • Effectively communicate that opportunities can be designed to enable these communities.

  • Science needs diversity to thrive. Present unique ways of thinking and expanding new pathways.

  • Inclusion means redefining progress and identifying new goals that are informed by more than one pathway.

  • Integrating traditional knowledge means focusing on the process as well as outcomes.

  • Inspire people by demonstrating the promise of projects.

  • Establish direct and active outreach to promote inclusion.

  • Diversity is a statistic, but you need to feel inclusion.

  • Geographical inclusion is essential in Canada.

  • Inclusion depends on accessible access and financial support. More Canadians need to travel north to understand the connection to the land.