CBS-SCB Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism Engagement Session

     23 May 2021

Dear CBS-SCB Members,

For the past 10-months, the CBS-SCB’s Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism (AOAR) Working Group has been meeting to set initial objectives, draft an action plan, form sub-groups, and identify areas of review and improvement to align CBS-SCB policies, practices, and priorities with our stated priorities in terms of anti-racism and anti-oppression.


We are early in our mission, but we wanted to take the opportunity of this year’s conference to solicit your reflections and feedback on whether our goals/intentions are aligned. We’ve prepared a brief video presentation outlining the AOAR’s background, and opportunities for involvement.  We are now engaging with CBS-SCB Members only as a next step.

We would be very grateful if you would watch the presentation and then join us for the AOAR Engagement Session on May 27th from 12:30-1:30pm ET. The engagement session will be conducted only in English, unfortunately. Full instructions and links can be found below:

    1. Please watch the pre-recorded presentation in advance of the engagement session. The presentation is available in both official 

        languages: French and English.  







     2. Register for the virtual, synchronous engagement session here: LINK

     3. Join us for the engagement session on May 27th from 12:30-1:30pm. The link for the session will be shared with participants upon


To make the most of the limited time available, we kindly request you to watch the pre-recorded presentation in advance of the Engagement Session. Nevertheless, please feel encouraged to join us even if you have not had a chance to do so. Likewise, we welcome feedback on the presentation also from those unable to attend the synchronous session; a survey will be sent out, following the session, to collect anonymous feedback from attendees and members.

We want all voices to be heard. If you are planning to attend the engagement session, please let us know if there is anything we might do to help you feel safe and welcome participating by offering your anonymous suggestions at this LINK.

If you have any questions or comments about the AOAR Working Group or conference engagement session, please do not hesitate to contact us at

The AOAR Working Group is open to new members. If you would like to join us, please feel encouraged to email us at We meet bi-weekly for 2hrs.


The CBS-SCB AOAR Working Group