The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).
British Columbia is located on the homelands of 203 distinct Indigenous nations and cultures, who combined, speak over 30 different languages and close to 60 unique dialects. We ask all to reflect, acknowledge and honour in their own way the First Nation land on which they live, work and play.
BCIT is working to reduce inequality through teaching and applied research, student and employee engagement and through community partnerships and advocacy related to reducing inequality.
Why reducing inequality matters
What can you do?
- Learn – Whether it’s a book, podcast, article, or documentary, take the time to understand the past and present.
- Listen & accept feedback – Be ready to acknowledge and take ownership of mistakes.
- Create space – Create opportunities for the difficult conversations.
- Use your voice – Talking and sharing about current and on-going social issues raises awareness on the subjects and facilitates conversations in your community.
- Donate – Donate your time or finances to a socially-purposed or local organization.
The Office of Respect, Diversity and Inclusion highlights the following readings as a start to understanding the role we all play when it comes to privilege, bias and system discrimination:
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What we See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
- Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
- Subtle Act of Exclusion: How to understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran
BCIT also offers three free online courses related to reducing inequalities:
- Indigenous Awareness (MOOC 200). Promotes an increased understanding of Indigenous people and their place and space in Canada, past and present.
- Respectful Workplaces (MOOC-0250). Because we all deserve to thrive. Empower yourself to be the change our world needs now.
- Understanding Unconscious Bias (MOOC-0252 ). This course aims to help us all understand ourselves and our world better through an examination of our own unconscious biases.