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Editors Canada: equity, diversity and inclusion resources
Editors Canada is committed to equity in language and action.
Editors Canada's 2016 Professional Editorial Standards refer to bias and non-inclusion in two places:
A5.2 Understand the ethical dimensions of the publishing process (e.g., the need to address biased, non-inclusive, and offensive material and the need to respect confidentiality and privacy).
A9.2 Identify and either remove, amend, flag, or document potentially biased, non-inclusive, and offensive material (e.g., racist, sexist, culturally stereotyped assumptions or content).
Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The association's Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion expresses our commitment to these standards. This commitment extends these considerations beyond the ethical dimensions of publishing and of biased, non-inclusive, and offensive assumptions in language to a consideration of the demographics and treatment of all our members. It is one step in creating an equitable organization.
As noted in the statement, rooting out bias is integral to an editor's work. Addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity is part of working to eliminate unconscious biases that cause oppression.
This includes both the bias in the work and the bias one brings to editing it. Attending to bias in one's own editorial practice as well as the text being edited is a necessary aspect of addressing systemic oppression individually and institutionally.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force
The task force was struck in June 2020 to provide recommendations to the association's national executive council on ways to implement the association's Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. They welcome your ideas! Please get in touch.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion adviser
Editors Canada has an equity, diversity, and inclusion adviser. This is a national position filled by a member of the association.
The current adviser is Adebe DeRango-Adem (Editors Toronto).
Adebe is strongly committed to working with and amplifying the voices of BIPOC/racialized authors in Canada, across Canada (and across a variety of genres). Her goals as EDI adviser will focus on developing creative strategies to prioritize and positively impact diverse members of the Editors Canada community, as well as serving as a key resource for the NEC on matters related to student affiliates and members, particularly those from marginalized communities.
Statements from Editors Canada
- Editors Canada stands against anti-Black racism
- Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Editors Canada encourages stock photo agencies to acquire and provide more diverse images
Editors Canada volunteers have compiled a document with editing resources related to inclusivity. If you have any resources you'd like to add, please email us.