Context Research Group Inc. (CRG) recognizes that its work, and the work of its community partners take place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province. We acknowledge that there are 46 treaties and other agreements that cover the territory now called Ontario. We are thankful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to contribute to the strength of Ontario and to all communities across the province. CRG is honoured to collaborate with Indigenous clients, stakeholders and communities throughout the various territories.
CRG would also like to acknowledge that its office is located in Toronto and on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now the home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
CRG recognizes the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory we work and live on, and a way of honouring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial.
It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.
COMMITMENT TO EDI
At CRG we believe that making our company more diverse, equitable and inclusive for our employees, customers and community partners is crucial to our success. We understand that experience comes in many forms and are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team. We know that the only way to achieve this is to measure real change and impact of efforts and to be transparent about the results.
Commitment to Pay Equity
At CRG we are committed to equitable compensation. We know that leveraging the power of human difference starts with equal pay for equal work.
CRG is an immigrant-owned business – Alex Mazanik, Founding Partner, has immigrated to Canada in 2006. As such, the senior leadership at CRG understands that a unique set of challenges exist for individuals hoping to join the Canadian workforce. At CRG we recognize that people enter the world of work and advance through their careers with unevenness of advantage, opportunity, privilege, and power — so what is “fair opportunity” is not the same for everyone. Our board of directors has taken concrete action to block bias in our interviewing processes by requiring that at least one woman or one underrepresented minority are included in the interview stage.
At CRG we recognize the power of language in shaping people and culture. We are committed to the long-term goal of removing all harmful and unclear language of any kind and replace it with an agreed-upon set of neutral terms. As part of our ongoing commitment, we continue to identify and eliminate insensitive terms that don’t reflect our values. Any employee, client or community partner can flag language for review and suggest appropriate changes.