Diversity & Inclusion
Atlas Institute recognizes the privilege and responsibility we hold to contribute to the creation of a mental health system that is reflective and informed by all equity seeking groups.
Equity, Diversity & Intentional Inclusion
The Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families fundamentally values equity, diversity and intentional inclusion (EDI). Our organization is built on these principles, which are at the core of how we approach our mandate to build better access to supports and resources for Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP Veterans and their Families.
The Atlas Institute envisions a future Veteran and Family mental health system built on equity of access, and engagement and involvement with people with lived and living experience of mental health problems and illnesses. We know the intersecting perspectives of Veterans and Veteran Families, stakeholders and staff across ethnicity, race, sexual/gender identities and expressions, age, socioeconomic status, mental and physical abilities, religion, geographies, and other identities will allow us to better understand and serve Veterans and their Families.
We leave no one behind
Our values are enacted through the involvement and deliberate inclusion of people across intersecting identities in the creation of supports and resources, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, research, implementation and knowledge mobilization projects, hiring and talent progression, and workplace culture, training and procedures.
We aim to increase equitable participation in decision-making, the research system, and policies that pertain to Veteran and Veteran Family members, at all levels and activities at the Atlas Institute.
Guided by an EDI Committee, the Atlas Institute recognizes the privilege and responsibility we hold to contribute to the creation of a mental health system that is reflective and informed by all equity seeking groups.
“We regularly engage with Veterans and Families, RCMP members, researchers and service providers, to ensure that our work is guided by—and reflective of—the people we serve.”
Laryssa Lamrock, National Strategic Advisor, Families, Atlas
Acknowledging Indigenous Territory
Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families acknowledges that our organization operates on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples across the land we call Canada.
Land or territorial acknowledgements are an honest, respectful, and historically accurate way to recognize the traditional First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit territories of a place. This practice has become a small, but meaningful way to honour the original occupants of this land. With the inherent kinship beliefs of Indigenous Peoples when it comes to land, an acknowledgement helps us recognize, value and respect those traditions, especially as those beliefs were prohibited for so long.
At Atlas, we are committed not only to recognizing the land we’re on, but to embedding culture-specific approaches into our research and resources. We are committed to working with Veterans, Families, researchers and service providers from Indigenous communities to ensure our work amplifies and reflects their needs.