SAC’s Commitment to Diversity

Addressing Systemic Racism

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is deeply committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. We condemn racism, discrimination and harassment in all their forms.

As the national professional association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants, SAC must take a leadership role in addressing and challenging systemic racism within our association.

We acknowledge that addressing and challenging systemic racism is a far-reaching issue and will require us to re-examine and change our governance and operational structures. Please know that we are taking this issue extremely seriously and are committed to taking action. 
 

SAC Spotlight

Check out this SAC Spotlight video of Maya Callender, an S-LP and SAC member working in British Colombia. In the video below, Maya touches on why she loves being an S-LP, as well as what more can be done within the profession to encourage and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

 

Diversity Update - Statement regarding Residential Schools Tragedies (July 2021)

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada is saddened and appalled to hear of the ongoing discoveries of the remains of Indigenous people on former sites of residential schools.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada stands in support of our Indigenous members and associates, their patients and clients, colleagues, friends, families and Indigenous communities across Canada.

These continued discoveries remind us of the dark period of residential schools in Canadian history and their devastating legacies. It highlights the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) calls to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

We urge you to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report here and read the call to action recommendations within it here

We stand with all Indigenous Peoples and support Truth and Reconciliation.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected. Individuals can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419. Our thoughts are with all Indigenous peoples at this painful time.


 

To read previous updates, refer to the list below.

Past Diversity Updates