Leading D&I orgs in Canada collaborate to address issue of microaggressions
Microaggressions can take many forms and are part of the ongoing experience of discrimination many individuals experience regularly. A high rate of microaggression happens daily and the impact is extremely harmful. Research reveals that: 60% of Indigenous Peoples report feeling emotionally unsafe at work. More than half of those identifying as Black in the Greater Toronto Area say Canada is no better than the US when it comes to anti-Black racism.
1 in 4 sexual minority people have experienced unwanted sexual attention while at work, the most common behaviour after inappropriate sexual jokes. University graduates with severe disabilities on average have worse employment outcomes than high school dropouts. Only 32% of women believe Canadian workplaces treat men and women equally. 60% of Americans have witnessed or potentially witnessed microaggression in the workplace. To increase awareness of the hidden issue of microaggressions, agency Zulu Alpha Kilo has collaborated with some of Canada’s leading D&I advocacy groups to create The Micropedia of Microaggressions – a tool that aims to drive understanding of the issues as well as support training and education to eradicate it from the workplace.