The 5th Metropolis Identities Summit

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Practices, Policies and Programs

SUMMARY

The 5th Metropolis Identities Summit

(previously the Metropolis Measuring Identities Forum)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Practices, Policies and Programs

October 19-21, 2022 (9 am to 5 pm)

Delta Hotels by Marriott, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Over the past fifty years Canada has experienced a demographic transformation. The diversification of immigration source countries has fundamentally changed the composition of the country’s population.

Responding to these ongoing changes increasingly demands that attention be directed towards evidence-informed practices, policies and programs fostering diversity, equity and inclusion. The ability to monitor progress in diversity, equity and inclusion which are critical to overcoming systemic barriers that remain pervasive.

The voices of Indigenous peoples are increasingly recognized and their communities are growing both on and off reserves. The past two years witnessed important challenges with regard to the uneven impact of the global pandemic on newcomers, racialized groups/visible minorities and Indigenous peoples. Widening social and economic gaps emerged over the course of the pandemic.

Recently, the arrival of refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine has directed attention to the needs of the immigrant and refugee resettlement sectors with a considerable increase in the number of refugees arriving to Canada in 2022 creating unprecedented challenges for Canada’s immigration system

Reaching diversity, equity and inclusion goals calls for sound methods, approaches, strategies and vision. It requires documenting evolving social, economic and cultural shifts with reliable quantitative and qualitative data and analysis. It asks us to think about identification, intersecting and multiple identities. We have collected many of your suggestions in framing the call for proposals and the many issues to be addressed in the evolving ‘normal’.

Between October 19 and 21, 2022, the 5th Metropolis Identities Summit (previously the Metropolis Measuring Identities Forum) will take place at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is inviting policy makers, researchers and representatives of civil society to share their observations, experiences, insights and expertise around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Call for proposals

The deadline for submissions was June 3, 2022 (extended until June 6).

SESSION FORMATS

Workshops/panel presentation sessions (75 minutes)

Workshops will usually consist of a minimum of three to a maximum of five presentations of approximately 15 minutes each followed by at least 20 minutes of discussion. Workshop rooms will be equipped with a laptop, screen, microphone and projector. Workshop organizers will preside over the session or designate another individual to do so.

Roundtables (75 minutes)

The roundtable format is suitable for more informal discussions of emerging issues or controversies. Please do not chose to hold a roundtable session if you plan of giving formal presentations. Roundtables are intended to be discussion groups.  It is a very effective format for the exchange of information  and experiences  among  a  relatively small number  of  people.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions provide an alternative format through which conference participants can share research which has not been otherwise presented. Posters should provide some conclusive results, even if preliminary. Poster presenters must provide their own display materials of a maximum of 4’ high and 3.5’ wide posters.

> Click here for the PDF Call for Proposals

SESSION THEMATICS

We are inviting workshop, round table, and poster submissions within the framework of the following 5 thematics and topics:

1. Methods, Metrics and Measures
  • Building a Diversity and Inclusion lens
  • The role of data in the development and monitoring
    of a diversity inclusion and equity strategy
  • Gender-Based Analysis
  • Intersectionalities
  • Age and Generation (special focus on youth and seniors)
  • Documenting Systemic Discrimination and Racism
  • Unpacking Unconscious Bias
  • Indexing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • DEI Maturity Models
  • Indigenous peoples
2. Canadian Policies
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • Modernizing Official languages
  • Immigration
  • Refugees
  • Citizenship
  • Multiculturalism
  • Charter(s) of Rights
  • Social Justice
  • Anti-Racist Action Plans
  • Housing
3. Health Access, Care and Well Being for newcomers, racialized groups and Indigenous peoples
  • Identities and Social determinants of health
  • Evolving challenges in addressing mental health
  • Pandemic Impacts on social and economic gaps
  • Well Being: Defined and Documented
  • Quality of Life
  • The Role of Families
4. Employment/Economy
  • Assessing employment equity programs
  • Gen Z and millennials and the changing workforce
  • and attitudes
  • Labor market integration for an aging workforce
  • Future Skills and the changing workplace
  • Diversity and equity in hiring / employer practices …
  • Strategies for overcoming the skills gap
  • Gender and participation in the labour force
  • Unpaid work and Indigenous and newcomer women
  • Underemployment and Indigenous peoples
  • Entrepreneurship among equity seeking groups
  • Recognition of credentials and experience
  • Facilitating meaningful employment for immigrants
5. Democracy, Information and Technologies
  • How Technologies shape identities
  • Technologies and migration
  • The role of social media in democracies
  • Polarization and Disinformation
  • Strengthening Civil Society: Networks Collaborations
    and Partnerships
  • Documenting Systemic Discrimination and Racism
  • Unpacking Unconscious Bias
  • Indexing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • DEI Maturity Models
  • Indigenous peoples
  • New Ways of Learning/Hybrid Learning

Important points to remember

In order to open as many opportunities as possible for the most participants, we ask that:

  • Organizers promote the participation of as many different presenters as possible;
  • Participants may organize more than one workshop but on different topics;
  • An organizer can choose to participate in additional workshops as a chair, participant or discussant;
  • If you are listed as a presenter in more than one workshop, we may ask you to choose the workshop that you would prefer to participate in;
  • Each person listed as an organizer, participant, chair or discussant in a workshop must register to the national conference either as a day or full conference participant and pay the applicable registration fees. Please inform your presenters of this requirement when inviting them to participate in your workshop.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, we strongly encourage you to solicit colleagues from your area of expertise and from different sectors to submit a workshop proposal. If you do not have the ability to put together a workshop proposal with other colleagues but you are still interested in presenting a paper, a research project or another presentation, please consider selecting a "poster presentation option" format when prompted.

If you submit an individual paper presentation your paper will be grouped in a session with two other paper presentations on the same general theme and you will each have approx. 15-20 minutes to present in the session.

An Adjudication Committee will meet to review the workshop proposals after the submission deadline. The Adjudication Committee will consider proposals that include a clear title, abstract and summary as well as a list of at least three confirmed presenters.

The Adjudication Committee will place priority on:

  • Workshops that have confirmed and combined presenters from the three sectors: academic, non-governmental and government policy
  • Workshops that involve graduate students.
  • Workshops that bring perspectives of those with lived experience and that include diverse representation.
  • Workshops that include participants across various regions of Canada or the world.

Please note that the information you provide us will be included in the conference program. Please verify the spelling of your presenters' names and the titles of their presentations. If you are organizing a session with both English AND French presentations, we ask that you provide us with the translation of the title and 50-word abstract for the program.

REGISTRATION

The deadline to obtain the early bird rate is Friday, August 19, 2022.

Registration Type Earlybird Regular
Regular - Three Days $395 CAD $495 CAD
NGO / Student - Three Days $295 CAD $395 CAD
Regular - One Day $185 CAD $255 CAD
NGO / Student - One Day $155 CAD $195 CAD
Click on a price to register

Become a Conference Partner, Sponsor, ADvertiser and/or Exhibitor

Responding to ongoing changes in our society increasingly demands that attention be directed towards evidence-informed practices, policies and programs fostering diversity, equity and inclusion. The ability to monitor progress in diversity, equity and inclusion which are critical to overcoming systemic barriers that remain pervasive.
Connect with the stakeholders and policy makers, researchers and representatives of civil society as they share their observations, experiences, insights and expertise around diversity, equity and inclusion.by becoming a conference partner, sponsor, advertiser and/or exhibitor.
The 5th Metropolis Identities Summit will feature keynote speakers, featured plenary sessions and over 70 panel sessions and workshops featuring distinguished speakers and experts from across Canada on a wide variety of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Partners, sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors will benefit from direct access to delegates from all three levels of government, NGO’s, immigrant service provider and community organizations, academia and the private sector. Over 600 delegates from every region across Canada will be in attendance. You can showcase your educational materials, research, products and services and network directly with this highly targeted audience.

To reserve an exhibitor space or for additional information regarding partnership and/or other promotional opportunities, please contact James Ondrick at (514) 925-3097 or email: james.ondrick@acs-aec.ca.

Book a hotel room

• Delta Hotels Winnipeg

350 St Mary Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

Tel: +1 204 942-0551 | https://www.marriott.com/

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $149 per night.

> To book a room: CLICK HERE

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Septembre 16, 2022. Limited rooms are available.

• Alt Hotel Winnipeg

310 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2B9

Tel: +1 (431) 800-4279 | https://www.germainhotels.com/en/alt-hotel/winnipeg

Hotel guestrooms are available at the conference rate from $149 per night.

> To book a room: CLICK HERE

The deadline to obtain the special conference rate is Septembre 16, 2022. Limited rooms are available.