Recognizing the history and ongoing issues of racism, colonization and structural inequities in Canada, including how they manifest in health-care institutions like our own, Unity Health Toronto embarked on a journey of foundational work in the summer of 2020 towards anti-racism, equity and social accountability. One step on that journey was the establishment of the Council on Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability.
The Council’s membership includes representation from all of our sites, with specific attention to representation of Black, Indigenous and racialized people, as well as representation of LGBTQ2S+ communities. The Council also includes four members of the executive team (including the CEO), and seven individuals who are front-line health-care providers.
The work of the council is grounded in the understanding of disproportionate marginalization of Black, Indigenous and other racialized people, as well as communities marginalized due to their socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, sex and gender identity, ability and more. While our broader mandate is to inform and oversee transformational improvements in equity, systemic racism and social accountability at Unity Health, CARESA’s initial focus is specifically on anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.
This commitment is a foundational aspect to everything we do at Unity Health, and essential to our mission of providing exceptional care experiences to all in need. We recognize racism and discrimination as fundamental roadblocks to people accessing health services and realizing their full potential, and the inception of CARESA is just one step towards breaking down these barriers.