In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Evaluation Society reminds evaluators to keep sight of the important motion on reconciliation. The Keynote speakers at the annual CES Conference in Vancouver reminded us to shed light on positive change while reflecting on correcting past injustices.
Over the past year, CES Chapters address issues of diversity and reconciliation in many ways. At the national level, CES has:
- Made a public statement on valuing reconciliation in evaluation to the Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Studied the composition and priorities of its membership (2016 Member Survey), flagging a keen interest in expanding diversity and inclusion;
Appreciated the CES Diversity Working Group for its:
- input into the recent competency review with a focus on incorporation of reconciliation;
- curated list of diversity focussed presentations for the 2016 and 2017 conferences, and advice for the organizers of the 2018 conference regarding the highlighting of sessions which speak to diversity.
- Supported the global multistakeholder partnership — EvalIndigenous — which recognizes the different world views and values the strengths of Indigenous evaluation practices to advance the contribution of Indigenous evaluation to global evaluation practice.
CES looks forward to supporting more work in this area to support professional development, awareness and skills for evaluators. Your ideas and initiatives are welcome anytime.
CES Board of Directors