"We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay-wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.
With this, we respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our teaching, research and community service."
We are fully aware of the (implicit and explicit) systemic barriers that prevent the equitable development of all members of our society. Therefore, the OE3C 2023 Organizing Committee wants to make a clear statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We will welcome students and professionals from all walks of life. We know we cannot change the world in one conference, but we can take the necessary steps to promote the change that is needed.
We know that factors such as age, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical and neurological differences, marital status, parental status and others all contribute to privileges and/or prejudices. These privileges and prejudices often determine who has the power to make decisions. Accordingly, representativeness is an aspect to be tackled and embraced fully.
We hope that the environment and the discussions fostered during the conference will create not only a welcoming/safe space for all, but will also impart change in the way participants think about our (collective and individual) positionality.
The OE3C 2023 Organizing Committee looks forward to welcoming you and to promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with you!