FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 08, 2021
Serena Dallas - YMCA of Saskatoon
306-652-7515 ext. 267
YMCA LAUNCHES INTERNAL INCLUSIVITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Saskatoon, SK: At the YMCA of Saskatoon, we have always committed to creating an inclusive and diverse space in our community. However, we recognize we have not been doing nearly enough.
June is both Pride Month and National Indigenous History Month. We are taking this time to recommit to our mission to provide the community with a centre where all of Saskatoon can feel comfortable and safe.
As we previously announced, we have started an internal education program to become better leaders in our community. We started on June 1st, with all staff and volunteers invited to complete a 30-day training and education program on Reconciliation developed by the First Nations University of Canada. The Nisitohtamowin eLearning program was initially designed for BMO staff across Canada, and we are thankful to have the opportunity to learn from it.
In addition, we will also be working with OUTSaskatoon to arrange for staff and volunteers to complete professional development training on 2SLGBTQ rights. We hope to continue working with both organizations to develop mandatory training as part of our onboarding process for all new staff and volunteers.
“This internal education program will serve as an essential first step in a long journey where we will continue to learn about issues and barriers faced by all,” said Dean Dodge, YMCA of Saskatoon CEO. “We will be seeking out additional education programs over the next year and beyond. We welcome any recommendations from our community.”
As we learn and listen, we will be recognizing and unpacking our colonial history and bias. We aim to foster belonging and connection at the Y, and we realize we have work to do to fulfill that promise. As a start, we have listed some community resources on our website that provide information on various organizations in Saskatoon that are doing great work to help marginalized individuals.
Going forward, we promise to keep the public updated on any policy and training announcements as we strive to become a more inclusive space for everyone.
Thank you for sticking with us on our journey, and we are looking forward to serving our community better. Visit www.ymcasaskatoon.org for all up-to-date information.
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