Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI)
In 2022 we worked with external consultants to conduct a JEDI, sometimes called AREDI (accessibility, reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion), audit of our policies and procedures. Through this audit, we learned that our current strength is in taking steps to implement JEDI systematically in our funding, as well as in our partnership processes and decision-making. We also learned that we must do better in many other areas.
We have a working group composed of staff and trustees who oversee the implementation of JEDI within all aspects of our policies and practices. As a first step, members of our Board of Trustees and staff participated in the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada’s JEDI accelerator, a year-long peer learning program with other member foundations embarking on their JEDI journey. We also signed and committed to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ PAR certification (see details below).
In 2023, we will prioritize continuing staff and board training and incorporating JEDI practices across all areas of the Foundation.