The Halton Equity Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) is a dynamic and forward-thinking membership association dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the Halton region. With a passionate commitment to creating a community where individuals feel like they belong, HEDR brings together individuals, organizations, and businesses that share a common vision of a diverse and harmonious community.
HEDR's mission revolves around strengthening the ability of community members and organizations to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in Halton through skills, knowledge, and relationship building. HEDR does this to fostering an environment where individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socioeconomic status, feel empowered and valued. By promoting understanding, respect, and inclusivity, HEDR aims to eliminate barriers, prejudices, and systemic inequalities that hinder social progress and hinder the growth of a cohesive society.
To strengthen the ability of community members and organizations to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in Halton through skills, knowledge, and relationship building.
A community where individuals feel like they belong.
Diversity: Diversity refers to the presence and representation of individuals with various identities, backgrounds, and perspectives in a particular setting. It encompasses differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, abilities, religion, and more. Emphasizing diversity fosters an environment that values and celebrates the unique qualities and contributions of every individual.
Equity: Equity is the concept of ensuring fairness and justice in systems and institutions, particularly by addressing and rectifying historical and systemic disadvantages that certain groups face. It involves identifying and removing barriers that hinder marginalized individuals from accessing resources, opportunities, and social benefits. Equity recognizes that different individuals require different support to achieve equality and equal outcomes.\
Inclusion: Inclusion refers to creating an environment that embraces and values the participation and contribution of all individuals, regardless of their differences. It involves fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring that everyone feels welcomed, respected, and supported. Inclusion goes beyond representation and involves actively removing barriers to participation, encouraging diverse perspectives, and promoting collaboration and collaboration.
Belonging: Belonging refers to the feeling of being accepted, valued, and included in a particular community, organization, or society. It involves creating an environment where individuals feel a sense of connection, acceptance, and support. Belonging recognizes the importance of not only diversity and inclusion but also fostering a culture that nurtures and celebrates the uniqueness of each individual.
Justice: Justice, in the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, focuses on addressing systemic inequalities and ensuring fair treatment and opportunity for all individuals. It involves examining and rectifying structural biases, discrimination, and disparities in various aspects of life, such as education, employment, healthcare, and criminal justice. Justice seeks to create a society where everyone has equal rights, access, and outcomes, regardless of their identities or backgrounds.
Truth & Reconciliation: Truth and Reconciliation is a process that acknowledges and addresses historical injustices, particularly in the context of systemic oppression and human rights violations. It involves uncovering and acknowledging the truth about past wrongdoings, creating opportunities for dialogue, healing, and understanding, and working towards reconciliation and building a more equitable future. Truth and Reconciliation processes aim to foster social healing, promote accountability, and
bridge divides between communities that have experienced conflict or marginalization.
Our 6 Pillars
The purpose of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable is to provide the leadership and structure to achieve the following objectives:
To identify and highlight examples of excellence in diversity and equity related practices in Halton.
To promote public awareness and education strategies to address equity and diversity issues in our community.
To collect information on promising practices and activities in other communities and customize them for use and implementation in Halton.
To advocate for inclusive practices throughout Halton.
In all the Roundtable’s activities we will be collaborative and inclusive in all of our efforts.
The Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) was officially formed in March 2013 as a result of multiple community consultations. A conference sponsored by the Knowledge Transfer Committee of the Children’s Mental Health and Developmental Service agencies of Halton in March 2012 highlighted the community’s request for more resources, training, and support on how to address the needs of the growing diverse populations in Halton and sparked the creation of a diversity committee.
The activities of the diversity committee culminated in a community forum being arranged in 2013. The result was that 65 people representing service agencies, diversity groups and individuals across Halton answered the call to action and formed the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable.