The last quarter of 2023 was a bustling period for the IAP2 Canada team. We accomplished various key milestones that furthered our mission of enhancing public participation practices across the country and globally. In this update, we will provide an overview of the important work accomplished by the IAP2 Canada team during this period.
One of the standout achievements in Q4 2023 was the successful completion of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training for both staff and volunteer leadership. This training reaffirmed IAP2 Canada's commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the organization, fostering a more inclusive environment.
Building on our commitment to EDI, the board and staff met with the consultant that undertook an EDI audit and who also completed some benchmarking for IAP2 Canada to review the results of that work. This process allowed us to identify areas for improvement and ensure we better align with best practices in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. An action plan was drafted and is with the board for review.
The summer 2023 cohort of the Indigenous Awareness Learning Program wrapped in Q4. Special thanks to Anne Harding for her tireless efforts in leading this program for IAP2 Canada and to all the Learning Partners for dedicating their time and giving of their knowledge and experience to participants of the program.
The team worked diligently to recruit participants for the January 2024 cohort of the Indigenous Awareness Learning Program. Impressive registration numbers demonstrated strong interest and engagement in this vital initiative.
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Earlier in 2023, we engaged a consultant to review the draft Framework for Supporting Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The review process was completed successfully, and valuable feedback was shared with the Working Group. The final draft of the IAP2 Canada Framework for Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples was accepted by the board in November, marking a step forward in our reconciliation efforts.
Learn more about our path toward reconciliation
Planning for the Digital Discovery Series 2024 was executed at the end of 2023, with the series officially launching in January 2024 and delivery starting in February 2024. Led by Susanna Haas Lyons, this initiative showcases IAP2 Canada's commitment to staying at the forefront of digital advancements in public participation.
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In an effort to expand our reach and better support our francophone members, IAP2 Canada launched French-language training from our Global Learning Pathway including the Certificate in Public Participation (P2). Fundamentals in P2 and Engagement - Principes fondamentaux de la participation publique - was the first course delivered in November. These efforts aim to make public participation knowledge more accessible to French-speaking communities.
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The IAP2 Canada team is actively translating our website into French to broaden accessibility for our francophone communities. This project, targeted for early Q1, 2024, will enable easier access to essential resources and information related to public participation, reinforcing our position as a leader in advocating for effective engagement practices in Canada. It also aligns with IAP2 Canada's broader mission of fostering inclusion and collaboration among diverse groups.
The team also successfully launched the 2024 IAP2 Canada Mentorship Program and completed pairings. This program, which kicks off in January 2024, offers valuable guidance and support to emerging professionals in the field of public participation.
Learn more about the value of mentorship
Our team demonstrated transparency by sharing a comprehensive document with the board outlining the organization's technology challenges and proposed solutions. We are actively researching various digital tools to enhance communication and interaction with our P2 community.
The team has been working toward the re-launch of the webinar program in early 2024, co-hosted by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 USA. These webinars serve as valuable resources for those interested in public participation practices.
Learn more about the transformative power of webinars
In late December, we announced Ottawa as the host city for the 2024 IAP2 North American Conference! As Canada's vibrant capital, Ottawa is a hub of rich history, diverse culture, and stunning natural beauty. This announcement marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards an enriching conference experience in one of Canada's most iconic cities. Join us as we prepare to converge in a location renowned for its warm hospitality and an array of engaging attractions.
Learn more about the 2024 IAP2 NAC
The IAP2 Canada team had a highly productive last quarter of 2023, making significant strides in our pursuit of promoting equity, inclusivity, and excellence in public participation practices. With our commitment to learning, innovation, and inclusion, IAP2 Canada continues to be a leading force in advancing the field of public participation across the nation.
We look forward to our continued growth and success in 2024!
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