UBC is inviting community consultation on preliminary recommendations drafted by the Intersectional Gender-based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes Task Force members.

Today, Battered Women’s Support Services provided feedback to guide future directions. Please find more information about the Intersectional Gender-based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes Task Force and draft recommendations for community consultation below and add your voice to the conversation.Gender-Aboriginal-Consultation-Web-Assets_Banner-021Background

In November of 2013, Professor Stephen J. Toope struck the Intersectional Gender-based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes Task Force to address both the gender-based violence and the trivialization of Aboriginal peoples made visible through chants that took place during student-led FROSH events, and to address wider issues of violence and visibility of Aboriginal histories, cultures, and identities in the campus community.
About the Intersectional Gender-based Violence and Aboriginal Stereotypes Task Force

Task force members have since developed draft recommendations across four themes: policy, strategic initiatives, curriculum and education, and community. Recommendations were developed to create and sustain the following at UBC:

Increased awareness and competencies through orientation and training activities
Shared awareness of individual and collective responsibilities for all members of the campus community
Multi-level accountability to issues of gender-based violence, the trivialization of Aboriginal Peoples to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for everyone

The investigations and processes of the Task Force have revealed a number of key findings leading to a set of specific recommendations that will improve campus climate and UBC policies, and will point the way forward for enabling an environment of genuine equality and respect. These recommendations include (but are not limited to) addressing campus orientation for faculty, students, and staff; creating an Equity Action Plan (with an Culture of Equality leader); encouraging curricular innovations to address issues of gender, race, Indigeneity and sexuality; and organizing accessible campus-wide dialogues on issue of gender-based violence, racism and the trivialization of cultures.

UBC is inviting community consultation on these preliminary recommendations to guide future directions as substantive change depends on a broad range of input, awareness and commitment. We welcome your feedback from February 20 to March 5, 2014.
Review the preliminary recommendations and submit your feedback

Please review the preliminary recommendations before submitting your feedback.

  1. Review the recommendations developed by the task force (PDF, 412KB)
  2. Provide your feedback on these recommendations online before March 5, 2014.

If you have questions or additional comments for the Task Force, please send them to Task.Force@ubc.ca

This announcement was re-blogged from UBC website on February 25, 2014.