Addressing Systemic Racism
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is deeply committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. We condemn racism, discrimination and harassment in all their forms.
As the national professional association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants, SAC must take a leadership role in addressing and challenging systemic racism within our association.
We acknowledge that addressing and challenging systemic racism is a far-reaching issue and will require us to re-examine and change our governance and operational structures. Please know that we are taking this issue extremely seriously and are committed to taking action.
Check out this SAC Spotlight video of Maya Callender, an S-LP and SAC member working in British Colombia. In the video below, Maya touches on why she loves being an S-LP, as well as what more can be done within the profession to encourage and celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Diversity Update - Statement regarding Kamloops Residential Schools Tragedy (June 2021)
It is with profound sadness that we learn of the recent tragic discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C.
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) offers support to our Indigenous members and associates, their patients and clients, colleagues, friends, families and Indigenous communities across Canada. This tragic discovery further reminds us of the dark period of residential schools in Canadian history and their devastating legacies. It highlights the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) calls to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.
The following resources are available:
- Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717 or online.
- The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides support for former Residential School students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419
Our thoughts are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation at this painful time.
To read previous updates, refer to the list below.
Past Diversity Updates