The Entomological Society of Canada unreservedly condemns all forms of racism and discrimination against minority groups. The entomological community and membership of the Entomological Society of Canada have made us keenly aware that we must do better as a national Society to dismantle racism and remove the barriers that limit participation for under-represented minority groups. We value our BIPOC members, but recognize that this acknowledgment is only a first small step. To that end, the ESC is instituting the following measures:
We are establishing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee. This committee will be given a mandate to identify and address any form of systemic discrimination in our Society, including racism and discrimination on the basis of gender, identity and sexuality. The committee will start by reviewing the current ESC Diversity Statement and the bylaws to address systemic issues.
We will host a membership-wide sharing circle to reach out to members for healing and reconciliation. The ESC Board commits to participating in the circle to understand the diverse perspectives around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Following input from our members, existing committees focused on Policy, Education, Outreach, and Membership will work to include more diverse pools of members. Committees will actively work to identify ways to reach, recruit, and support, racialized and under-represented people of all ages in the Canadian entomological community and our Society.
We will also support all our regional Societies in their efforts to ensure that all future ESC and regional meetings are accessible and welcoming by identifying and removing barriers to attendance that disproportionately affect racialized and other marginalized groups.
Recommendations brought forward by the EDI Committee and arising from the sharing circle will be communicated with the full membership for subsequent implementation of future actions.
We take this opportunity to bring to the attention of our members, the independent, not-for-profit charity Entomologists of Color (https://www.entopoc.org/). ENTOPOC supports People of Color (POC) entomologists to become members of entomological societies, amplifies their voices and supports and enhances diversity in the global entomological community.
Speaking up about racism and discrimination and taking anti-racist action should not be the sole responsibility of BIPOC and other under-represented people. We must all participate in making our Society and the Canadian entomological community more welcoming, supportive, and inclusive. We call on all of our members to challenge racism in all its forms and to push for structural changes.