One of the main goals of the WIC initiative is to help municipalities adapt to and celebrate the increasing diversity of Alberta’s population. In this context, diversity refers to attributes that are used to differentiate groups and people from one another. Being inclusive means being respectful for and appreciative of differences in ethnicity, skin colour, race, religious beliefs, gender, age, place of origin, income, occupation, social class, immigration status, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, language, education, and physical or mental ability. But it is more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures. Diversity is a source and driver of cultural vibrancy and innovation.
Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It is about ensuring the right conditions are in place for every person to achieve their full potential. In simple terms, diversity is the mix; inclusion is getting the mix to work well together.
Below we have compiled resources from other organizations and categorized them by specific dimensions of diversity. We have not captured all the ways in which diversity is expressed, but hope to provide some starting points and inspiration.