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(Recap) “British Columbia: An Untold History” Screening + Panel Dialogue

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Knowledge Network’s “British Columbia: An Untold History” is a four-part look at the complicated histories that shaped BC as we know it today. The series weaves together the stories of Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi, Black, and European people that formed this complex place. In observance

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(Recap) In Conversation: Racist Property Covenants

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor On September 23, The Laurier Institution hosted the second event in their 2021 “In Conversation” series. This series engages audiences in conversations on local, regional, and national topics regarding equity and justice. The topics are informed by current events, “wicked problems,” partnerships, and community needs.

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Vancouver Land Covenants Reveal Racist Past and Present

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Discriminatory covenants on old land titles based on race and nationality are common throughout the Lower Mainland and B.C. While such covenants are technically void as of 1978 under Section 222 of the Land Title Act, a surprising number of them have not yet been removed.

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Warren Wong: Board Member Memo

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor “My first love was the film industry. I was fortunate to attend one of the newest high schools in Vancouver at the time and we had a TV studio,” Warren Wong shares during our (virtual) walk down memory lane. Instead, it was a different

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Protecting Old-Growth and Indigenous Knowledge

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Last month, more than one hundred politicians, celebrities, and citizens alike signed an open letter to Premier Horgan calling on him to save at-risk old-growth trees in B.C. Pressure for government intervention continues to increase as climate conditions worsen globally. From record-breaking floods in

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Robert Daum: Board Member Memo

By: James Matthews, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Robert’s family history lies at the middle of the great bagel debate: Montreal versus New York. Much to my chagrin, as someone obsessed with carbs, Robert didn’t bite when I pressed him on this topic. But Robert made up for that in spades throughout

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Seniors and Mental Health

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor Discussions around mental health have come a long way in terms of inclusion and acceptance. Even communities with strong stigmas around mental health and illness are reconsidering their approaches. Around the globe, medical professionals, educators, and advocates alike have made efforts to broaden the

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What Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? 

By: Isabelle Vauclair, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor For decades, diversity has been widely discussed and valued in the corporate and research worlds. While society has taken great strides towards diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, many companies are still fixated on the numbers. How many women, BIPOC, and disabled individuals

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Addressing the Wage Gap at the Corporate Level

By: Terri Hopkinson, a Laurier Institution Blog Contributor The UN estimates the gender wage gap worldwide to be 23%. This percentage fluctuates from country to country, but the data is overwhelming: women and people of other genders are substantially underpaid compared to their cisgender male peers. And the problem just gets worse when

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