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Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for all

We are pleased to share the Partners’ Roundtable “Moving with the Data” organized by the Inclusion Project. VIEA members receive 10% off’. Email for the discount code. For additional discounts applicable to groups of 3 or more email

The Employment Equity Partnership (EEP) Round Table brings together prominent stakeholders and partners to deep dive into the exploration of equitable employment practices and the importance of diversity at the workplace within key sectors.

“Moving with the Data” is an imperative to drive systems and behavioural change to advance equity and inclusion for Indigenous, Black and racialized Canadians.

The virtual roundtable, scheduled for March 29 – 31, 2021, will focus on three key areas:
  • Day 1 (March 29th): Policy & Public Leadership: Dismantling Systems of Racism
  • Day 2 (March 30th): The Business Case for Employment Equity
  • Day 3 (March 31st): Post-Secondary Education & International Talent Migration


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The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance stands against racism and discrimination in all of its forms. All citizens must live in a society where they feel welcome, safe, and free of discrimination of any kind including racist or intolerant behaviour. We make every effort to combat systemic racism, intolerance and injustice, and promote and celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion for all.

Connected Communities  – Broadband for Rural and Remote Populations 

Local and Indigenous governments, particularly those with rural and remote populations, are invited to participate in a Connected Communities study of broadband Internet speeds experienced in BC. Communities across British Columbia have voiced concerns that federal data on broadband Internet speeds, which is used to determine eligibility for connectivity funding programs, may not accurately reflect the broadband Internet speeds experienced in homes, businesses, and other locations at the community level.

The study will produce factual information on Internet speeds in rural and remote communities, supporting analysis and informing dialogue between NDIT, Indigenous and local governments, Internet service providers, the Province, and the federal government. Data gathering and analysis will occur over the spring and summer months, with reporting of study results expected in fall 2021.

A key first step in this process is to identify which communities in BC have noted inconsistencies between the 50/10 Mbps Internet speed that federal maps indicate should be available, versus actual Internet speeds currently experienced by residents and businesses in the area.

Participate in the Study
Local or Indigenous governments with reports of Internet speeds lower than the 50/10 Mbps speeds shown on federal maps, are invited to self-identify by contacting UBCM and requesting to be included in the study. The research team seeks to understand the inconsistencies in reporting of Internet speeds across the province. Please provide the following information to Reiko Tagami ( Policy Analyst, UBCM:
  1. Names of communities, areas, or neighbourhoods where the Internet speeds experienced are below the 50/10 Mbps speeds indicated on federal maps
  2. Name of the Indigenous or local government within whose boundaries these areas are located
  3. Name, position, email, and telephone number of a senior staff person from the Indigenous or local government, whom the research team may contact for further information.

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