Saskatchewan Library Association embraces diversity
In 2015 the Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA) was one of SaskCulture’s first eligible organizations to draft a diversity plan. Many aspects of the document are embedded in the association’s strategic plan and both are reviewed regularly by SLA’s Board of Directors. SLA is committed to newcomers, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis), The association’s diversity plan is embedded in its strategic plan and supports SLA’s vision to build and engage a library and information community that is an active force in Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development.
Statement of values on diversity
SLA’s statement of values on diversity is to demonstrate and promote diversity, inclusivity, and equity throughout the organization, programs, and services.
In order to reflect the changing diversity of the population in Saskatchewan, and provide services and programs that are relevant to the interests and needs of the province, through our membership, we will address diversity in the organization, in libraries, and in the communities that libraries serve.
SLA will endeavour to:
1. incorporate the diversity plan into our strategic and operational plans;
2. demonstrate its diversity goals in our governance documents;
3. provide programs and services that implement the diversity plan;
4. focus on initiatives that will support inclusivity and accessibility to SLA programs and services for newcomers and Indigenous peoples.
SLA recognizes that it is on treaty territory and traditional lands of the Metis. At SLA’s Annual General Meeting in May 2017, members endorsed the Canadian Federation of Library Associations – Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations. SLA’s official endorsement statement along with the CFLA-FCAB report and recommendations are available here. SLA’s Board of Directors is working with partners and stakeholders to showcase initiatives that libraries are undertaking and to illustrate Reconciliation strategies that the province’s library community can pursue and that are also on the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Resources site.
SLA continues to build relationships with organizations whose mandates are promoting diversity and inclusion in Saskatchewan. Below are a few stakeholders that SLA has vested interests in supporting.