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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It is important that everyone who walks through our doors feels safe, valued and above all, cared for. Our purpose of Extraordinary Caring, for every person, every time calls for us to treat one another with dignity, respect, and compassion.

Our staff, physicians, volunteers, patient partners, and learners come from a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Their experiences and expertise are integral to our ability to provide high-quality, safe care to all members of our community. 

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is made up of staff, physicians and patient partners from across Niagara Health who work to support a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. 

As a strategic priority for Niagara Health, a renewed DEI plan has been developed and approved by our Board of Directors. This plan includes training on cultural awareness and unconscious bias, consultation with patient partners, review of NH practices and expanded outreach in our recruitment efforts.

We're still early in our journey. There is much work to do, and we will continue to listen and learn, and seek advice. 

Our purpose is driven by the guidelines established through the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Land Acknowledgment

“We acknowledge the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous peoples.”

Land Acknowledgments demonstrate recognition of Indigenous lands, treaties and peoples. They are a small and important step in the process of reconciliation and building a positive relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Check out our video celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Niagara Health.

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Apr 29th, 2022

As part of Celebrate Diversity Month, we asked our team members to share their reflections on the importance of diversity.

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Apr 11th, 2022

We caught up with Sonali Kohli, Vice-President, Diagnostics and Chief Information Officer, who tells us what diversity means to her as Niagara Health celebrates Diversity Month.

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