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CNS Commitment to Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s culture, operations and activities. This includes, but is not limited to access to membership, leadership opportunities and committee participation, awards and recognitions, opportunities for knowledge sharing through all forums, and employment and volunteer positions. Our commitment is founded on principles of respect, well-being, and justice for all.

CNS welcomes applications and participation of all individuals independent of sex, race, religion, Indigenous identity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, other identities, and the intersectionality of these identities. 

As a Society, our emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion is broad and embraces topics such as the impacts of ableism, ageism, citizenship status, classism, colonialism, the gender binary, heteronormativity, mental health concerns, microaggression, racism, sexism, sizeism and/or structural poverty and structural violence on food and nutrition-related health and wellbeing.

To advance equity, diversity and inclusion, CNS is committed to:


Equity: understanding and removing systemic barriers and biases to enable all individuals to have an equal opportunity to access and benefit from CNS-SCN membership, services and programs and be treated fairly.
Diversity: differences in individual qualities and characteristics, including race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age. 
Inclusion: the practice of ensuring that all individuals are valued and respected for their contributions and are equally supported; creating an environment in which differences are embraced.

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