July 7, 2014

Equity

Equity Statement & Acknowledgement of Land

The following statements shall be read during the opening address of all meetings and events held by the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union.

1. Equity Statement

As members of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We shall neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

It is our collective responsibility to create a space that is inclusive and welcomes discussion. Any form of discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated. Hate speech rooted in, but not limited to, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, racist, classist, ableist, homophobic, sexist, or transphobic sentiments and/or remarks will also not be tolerated. We all have an obligation to ensure that an open and inclusive space, free of hate is established. Any behaviour that does not demonstrate an understanding of these principles and/or creates an unsafe atmosphere will not be tolerated.

2. Acknowledgement of Land

We can never work to end systematic and institutional violence if we do not centre the narratives of indigenous folks in our collective decision making for social justice and equity. As settlers in Canada we directly benefit from the colonization and genocide of the indigenous people of this land. In order to engage in resistance and solidarity against the injustices inflicted on the indigenous people of this land it is imperative we constantly engage in acts of decolonization. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the “Mississauga New Credit” peoples, the traditional people of this land. I would also like to pay my respects to their elders past and present, and to any who may be here with us today, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.