Igniting Change

Igniting Change: Final Report and Recommendations

By the Congress Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (AC-EDID)

In April 2021, following six months of independent research and extensive consultations, the Congress Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (ACEDID) released “Igniting Change,” its final report and recommendations. The report is a call to action, and a valuable new resource, for the Federation, scholarly associations, universities, and the entire social science and humanities community. 

Read the full report  Executive summary 

Watch the presentation video Report FAQ Sign the Charter 

Federation Chair message  Federation Action Plan 


Download part I, II or III of the report

Part I: Igniting Change: Final report and recommendations

Part II: On the Second "D" in EDID: Decolonization Principles, Guidelines, and Promising Practices

Part III: Better Practices for an Inclusive Conference: An Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization Guide

The Committee 

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Dr. Malinda S. Smith

Committee Chair

Vice Provost EDI and Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary

Headshot of Noreen Golfman

Dr. Noreen Golfman

Committee Vice-Chair

Former Provost and VP Academic, Memorial University

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Dr. Marie Battiste

Professor Emerita, Education Foundations, University of Saskatchewan

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Dr. Wesley Crichlow

Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Ontario Tech University

Headshot of Jay Dolmage

Dr. Jay Dolmage

Professor and Associate Chair, English, University of Waterloo

Headshot of Florance Glanfield

Dr. Florence Glanfield

Vice-Provost of Indigenous Programming and Research, Prof. Education, University of Alberta

Headshot of Claudia Malacrida

Dr. Claudia Malacrida

Professor Emerita in Sociology, University of Lethbridge

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Dr. Anne-José Villeneuve

Associate Professor of French Linguistics, University of Alberta



1. Status

1.1. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID) is a special committee established by the Federation’s Board of Directors to provide advice to the President and CEO and the Board of Directors on objectives and strategies to support EDID in Congress and other Federation Events.

1.2. Discussions by the Advisory Committee will take into account the full range of events organized by the Federation, as a suite of activities.

1.3. Establishment of the Advisory Committee was approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting of May 5, 2020.

1.4. The term can be renewed as required and approved by the Board of Directors.

2. Mandate

2.1. The Advisory Committee’s mandate is to advise the Board on (1) strategies to support EDID in Congress and other Federation events, and (2) specific actions the Federation and its members can take, in the short, medium, or longer term, to:

2.2. Support equitable and inclusive access and participation for its members to Federation activities.

2.3. Support decolonization and reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and collaborate to increase opportunities for Indigenous students, scholars, and communities.

2.4. Support critical conversations about colonialism and anti-Black racism, including an intersectional lens that makes visible the impact of multiple forms of systemic discrimination.

3. Membership

3.1. Members of the Advisory Committee and its chair/co-chairs will be appointed by the Federation’s Executive Committee.

3.2. The Advisory Committee will consist of a minimum of six members, and include current and former Federation Board members and representatives of the University of Alberta.

3.3. Members of the Advisory Committee will be selected to support all aspects of diversity, to bring knowledge of the Federation and Congress, and to contribute experience and expertise on EDID issues.

3.4. The Federation’s Manager of Programs and Policy will serve as secretary to the Advisory Committee.

3.5. The President and CEO may engage consulting services to provide strategic advice to the committee or to facilitate its work.

4. Meetings

4.1. The Advisory Committee will meet by telephone or video conference.

4.2. The meetings shall be conducted in either English or French. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided for meetings.

4.3. A meeting schedule will be presented to the Advisory Committee for approval at its first meeting.



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