Statement of the Council on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Posted On: December 9, 2022

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario acknowledges both the historic and ongoing harm caused by racism and discrimination.

The governing Council of the College is committed to ensuring that the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are embodied by the organization and reflected in its programs, policies, and processes. The Council recognizes its responsibility to provide sustained leadership to support this commitment.  As such, it recognizes the potential for shifting nuances as this endeavor continues to evolve with insight and input from stakeholders, observers, and all interested parties.

The Council acknowledges the importance of understanding the ways in which racism, discrimination, and both conscious and unconscious biases influence the organization and those who practice and teach naturopathic medicine. In conjunction, we fully commit to examining racism and discrimination in our regulatory proceedings and policies and taking steps to rectify and/or eliminate them. Being able to do this includes a commitment to listening to, and learning from, individuals and communities that have been and may be harmed by racism and discrimination. The Council recognizes that it has a responsibility to provide leadership that actively and inherently removes barriers so that equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging become integral to, and imbedded in, our role as a regulatory organization responsible for protecting the public.

The College is continuing its equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging journey and recognizes the fluid nature of what lies ahead.  We will remain open-minded, curious and compassionate. We will continue to listen, learn, and implement policy change that continues to foster equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We will seek input and publish updates when progress is made on this essential work.

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