The recent tragedies in the United States and Canada have again demonstrated the need to address the inequalities that persist in our society. As an industry focused on collecting and analyzing data, we know firsthand that more needs to be done to increase equity for all, including the Black community and Indigenous Peoples.
CRIC condemns racism and discrimination in any form and believes our industry has an important role to play in pushing for progress. We must support research that informs the public and key stakeholders on the need for change. We must also ensure that all research and analytics consider potential biases so that the insights we produce are fully reflective of society. We must be exemplars of best practices in promoting diversity and inclusion in our companies and workplaces.
CRIC is hosting the webinar, Confronting Exclusion and Racism in Canada’s Research & Insights Industry, on July 22nd from 12pm-1pm Eastern Daylight Time to highlight the need for change and to encourage the dialogue and action that is required to end racism and the systemic bias that Black people and other racialized groups experience in Canada. The webinar will feature Marva Wisdom, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach of the Environics Institute’s Black Experience Project, a groundbreaking research study that explored the “lived experience” of the Black community in the GTA. It will also include a panel of professionals from our industry: Lisa Wright, Laarni Paras, Raymond Armstrong and Donald Williams.