Canadian Foodgrains Bank understands that all people are created equal and bear God’s image. We acknowledge that discrimination against any person or group based on race, ethnicity, culture, or country of origin is in opposition to our organizational values as a faith-based, Christian organization, particularly the values of equality, dignity, justice, and right relationships.
We recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our systems and structures will enhance our capacity to achieve our vision and mission, and we commit to creating structures that ensure diverse representation in our domestic and international programs.
We also acknowledge our need to actively work at anti-racist practices that address systems, structures, and attitudes within our own organization and in our sector that have historically disadvantaged groups of people due to their race. In all our activities we endeavor to break historical patterns that reinforce harmful stereotypes about people, cultures, and communities, and the role that Canadians play in ending global hunger.
As a western, church-based funding organization, we acknowledge that we operate from a position of power and privilege that we enjoy in part because of societal and institutional structures and practices that uphold inequities. We have a responsibility in this position to foster equality, to amplify voices that do not speak from a position of power, and to be careful not to exploit others or abuse power in how we operate.
In our 2022-2026 strategic plan, Canadian Foodgrains Bank has made commitments to advance equitable practice:
- We will be intentional about recognizing the individual and community right to self-determination.
- We have developed and are implementing an internal anti-racism plan.
- We will actively seek to reverse any practices based on harmful assumptions that could limit meaningful expressions of the change communities desire.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a member of Cooperation Canada and is a signatory to the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation sector committing to “recognizing and eliminating racism in our story telling, advocacy, fundraising, and knowledge sharing”. As such we are committed to using our platforms to move towards a more equitable and just world.
Anti-racism – The work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in our everyday interactions across political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism is an approach set up in opposition to individual, systemic and cultural racist behaviors and to address the impacts of racism on individuals and groups who have been negatively affected by racism.