Muskoka IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism) Survey

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LINK TO COMMUNITY SURVEY

Introduction

The District Municipality of Muskoka (District or DMM) wants all residents to have equal opportunity for positive educational, financial, social and health outcomes. That is why the mission statement of the Muskoka District Council includes a promise to work together to enhance the inclusiveness of our community.

An inclusive community is one that:

  • Is rich in people who differ in all the many ways people can differ.
  • Provides equal opportunity for all people to thrive.
  • Gives all citizens full access to resources and opportunity, and involves them in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Actively opposes racism and discrimination by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life.

We know that Muskoka has its challenges. To better understand these challenges, this survey is the first step in a series of community engagement activities. Each of these activities is a chance for residents to share their experiences, concerns and be heard. In turn, this information will provide the basis for a community action plan.

If you choose to complete this survey, you will be asked about your experience as a year-round or seasonal resident of Muskoka and asked for your thoughts on what is needed to create a more inclusive community. It should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey and at the end you can choose to be entered to win one of four $100 gift cards. This survey will be open until December 8.

We realize that it can be intimidating to speak honestly about discrimination. At the same time, it is vital to understand the issues in order to make positive change in the broader community.

It is important for you to know that you do not have to answer any question that you don’t want to answer. More importantly, your answers are confidential. There is nothing to link you with your answers. Only general trends from the survey will be reported and information that could identify an individual will be kept confidential.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Tina Kilbourne by email (Tina.Kilbourne@muskoka.on.ca) or phone (705-645-2412 x 4308) and she will be happy to help you confidentially.

Please share this survey with your friends, family and other contacts. The more information we gather the clearer our path forward!


LINK TO COMMUNITY SURVEY


Get Involved Moving Forward!

After you complete the Community Survey, you may feel like you have more to say, share or do. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or one-on-one discussion, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"? Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about the IDEA Advisory Group as outlined below, please also contact Tina Kilbourne.


Background Information

A community's social fabric and economic prosperity is enhanced when it is committed to the dignity of every human being and demands all residents have equal opportunity for positive educational, financial, social and health outcomes. That is why, in its mission statement, Muskoka’s District Council recognizes the need to work together to "enhance the inclusiveness of our caring community”.

That is also why, on June 15 2020, District Council passed an unanimous resolution and directed staff to explore the best practices, programs, initiatives and tools that work to promote and celebrate diversity, as well promote opportunities for dialogue, strengthen relationships and combat systemic racism.

According to the 2016 Census, more than 13% of Muskoka’s permanent population (the Census does not enumerate seasonal residents or second home owners) identified as an immigrant, a visible minority or of Aboriginal identity. While the District of Muskoka has undertaken important work in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, it is now taking a number of important steps to do more, and to connect with and learn from community members.

Next Steps for Muskoka

1. Needs and Gap Analysis through Staff and Community Engagement

  • Based on the experiences of other municipalities it is important to look both inward and outward when embarking on IDEA work. The District will start by engaging with racialized, immigrant and minority District staff to better understand their experiences and to ensure the District truly is a workplace free from discrimination, and an employer that embraces and celebrates diversity.
  • Anecdotally, the District has learned that being a visible minority in Muskoka has its challenges. To better understand the scope and nature of these challenges, the District will develop and launch a broad community engagement strategy to ensure those who want to share experiences and be heard have the opportunity to connect through a variety of channels, including surveys, focus groups and one-on-one discussions. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or one-on-one discussion, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"?

2. Muskoka-wide IDEA Action Plan

  • Using the information collected from other municipal action plans, along with the information collected through the staff and community engagement activities, the District will develop an IDEA Action Plan, including scope, to be approved by District Council.

3. IDEA Advisory Group

  • To help finalize and guide the execution of a Muskoka-wide IDEA Action Plan, plan for future initiatives, supports and services, and act as an advisory body for District Council, the District will invite community members and other stakeholders to sit on a community-focused, skills-based advisory group. If you are interested in learning more about the IDEA Advisory Group, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"?

LINK TO COMMUNITY SURVEY

Introduction

The District Municipality of Muskoka (District or DMM) wants all residents to have equal opportunity for positive educational, financial, social and health outcomes. That is why the mission statement of the Muskoka District Council includes a promise to work together to enhance the inclusiveness of our community.

An inclusive community is one that:

  • Is rich in people who differ in all the many ways people can differ.
  • Provides equal opportunity for all people to thrive.
  • Gives all citizens full access to resources and opportunity, and involves them in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Actively opposes racism and discrimination by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life.

We know that Muskoka has its challenges. To better understand these challenges, this survey is the first step in a series of community engagement activities. Each of these activities is a chance for residents to share their experiences, concerns and be heard. In turn, this information will provide the basis for a community action plan.

If you choose to complete this survey, you will be asked about your experience as a year-round or seasonal resident of Muskoka and asked for your thoughts on what is needed to create a more inclusive community. It should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey and at the end you can choose to be entered to win one of four $100 gift cards. This survey will be open until December 8.

We realize that it can be intimidating to speak honestly about discrimination. At the same time, it is vital to understand the issues in order to make positive change in the broader community.

It is important for you to know that you do not have to answer any question that you don’t want to answer. More importantly, your answers are confidential. There is nothing to link you with your answers. Only general trends from the survey will be reported and information that could identify an individual will be kept confidential.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Tina Kilbourne by email (Tina.Kilbourne@muskoka.on.ca) or phone (705-645-2412 x 4308) and she will be happy to help you confidentially.

Please share this survey with your friends, family and other contacts. The more information we gather the clearer our path forward!


LINK TO COMMUNITY SURVEY


Get Involved Moving Forward!

After you complete the Community Survey, you may feel like you have more to say, share or do. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or one-on-one discussion, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"? Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about the IDEA Advisory Group as outlined below, please also contact Tina Kilbourne.


Background Information

A community's social fabric and economic prosperity is enhanced when it is committed to the dignity of every human being and demands all residents have equal opportunity for positive educational, financial, social and health outcomes. That is why, in its mission statement, Muskoka’s District Council recognizes the need to work together to "enhance the inclusiveness of our caring community”.

That is also why, on June 15 2020, District Council passed an unanimous resolution and directed staff to explore the best practices, programs, initiatives and tools that work to promote and celebrate diversity, as well promote opportunities for dialogue, strengthen relationships and combat systemic racism.

According to the 2016 Census, more than 13% of Muskoka’s permanent population (the Census does not enumerate seasonal residents or second home owners) identified as an immigrant, a visible minority or of Aboriginal identity. While the District of Muskoka has undertaken important work in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, it is now taking a number of important steps to do more, and to connect with and learn from community members.

Next Steps for Muskoka

1. Needs and Gap Analysis through Staff and Community Engagement

  • Based on the experiences of other municipalities it is important to look both inward and outward when embarking on IDEA work. The District will start by engaging with racialized, immigrant and minority District staff to better understand their experiences and to ensure the District truly is a workplace free from discrimination, and an employer that embraces and celebrates diversity.
  • Anecdotally, the District has learned that being a visible minority in Muskoka has its challenges. To better understand the scope and nature of these challenges, the District will develop and launch a broad community engagement strategy to ensure those who want to share experiences and be heard have the opportunity to connect through a variety of channels, including surveys, focus groups and one-on-one discussions. If you are interested in participating in a focus group or one-on-one discussion, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"?

2. Muskoka-wide IDEA Action Plan

  • Using the information collected from other municipal action plans, along with the information collected through the staff and community engagement activities, the District will develop an IDEA Action Plan, including scope, to be approved by District Council.

3. IDEA Advisory Group

  • To help finalize and guide the execution of a Muskoka-wide IDEA Action Plan, plan for future initiatives, supports and services, and act as an advisory body for District Council, the District will invite community members and other stakeholders to sit on a community-focused, skills-based advisory group. If you are interested in learning more about the IDEA Advisory Group, please contact Tina Kilbourne as listed under 'Who's Listening"?