Cultural Diversity Committee

The Cultural Diversity Committee is a Standing Committee that develops initiatives that will help increase various types of diversity and understanding of diversity within the profession of psychology in Nova Scotia. Its mandates are:

  • To provide information and support to psychologists in Nova Scotia to assist them to:
    1. provide services to diverse clients in collaboration with the APNS Continuing Education Committee and the APNS Executive Director.
    2. further and support the promotion of diversity amongst psychologists within Nova Scotia.
    3. support other APNS committees who wish to consider diversity issues in their various activities.
  • To connect and liaise with organizations that service diverse populations within Nova Scotia in order to:
    1. identify outreach opportunities to diverse populations to increase diversity within the profession of psychology.
    2. support psychologists from diverse backgrounds with issues of marginalization.

Definition: The term “cultural diversity” is meant to include not only diverse ethnic groups but any group which would be considered a non-majority, or an under-represented “culture” within the field of psychology (e.g., LGBTQ, language, and rural populations, etc.).


Resource Links

INDIGENOUS RESOURCES

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Reports

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Calls to Action (2015)

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/indigenous-people/aboriginal-peoples-documents/calls_to_action_english2.pdf

Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation commission of Canada’s Report (2018)

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Task_Forces/TRC%20Task%20Force%20Report_FINAL.pdf

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (2021)

A Mental Health and Addictions Plan for First Nations in the Atlantic Region

  • Health Conferences links (recorded):
  • Mental Wellness Conference/Webinar links:

https://www.apcfnc.ca/health/webinar/indigenous-mental-wellness-addictions-training-series/

NS Department of Education – Office of L’nu affairs

https://novascotia.ca/abor/education/other-resources/

Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia

  • Decolonization Learning Journey
https://www.csc-ns.ca/decolonization-learning-journey/
  • Black History Learning journey
https://www.csc-ns.ca/black-history-learning-journey/

NOVA SCOTIA BLACK COMMUNITIES

Nova Scotia School-based Reports

  • BLAC Report on Education (Nova Scotia) – Redressing Inequity – Empowering Black Learners (1994)

https://www.ednet.ns.ca/docs/blac-report-education-redressing-inequity.pdf

  • Nova Scotia Department of Education – Response to the BLAC report (2009)

https://www.ednet.ns.ca/docs/realitycheckfinalreportforweb.pdf

  • National Association of School Psychologists – Cultural Competence

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/diversity/cultural-competence/multicultural-affairs-committee

  • Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) – CCTC 2020: Social Responsiveness in Health Service Psychology Education and Training Toolkit

https://ccppp.ca/resources/Documents/Resources/CCTC%20Socially%20Responsive%20HSP%20Ed%20Training%20FINAL.pdf

IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE RESOURCES

http://www.cpa.ca/practitioners/Cultural

OTHER RESOURCES

Mental Health for Everyonehttps://mentalhealthforeveryone.ca

APA Council of Representatives Resolution
Apology to People of Color for APA’s Role in Promoting, Perpetuating, and Failing to Challenge Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Human Hierarchy in U.S.
Role of Psychology and APA in Dismantling Systemic Racism Against People of Color in U.S.

Hacking Deficit Thinking: 8 Reframes That Will Change The Way You Think About Strength-Based Practices and Equity In Schools – By Dr Byron McClure and Dr Kelsey Reed https://www.hackingdeficitthinking.com/

Multicultural Calendar: Celebrating Unity in Diversity: https://canada.multiculturalcalendar.com/

WEBINARS

Different short virtual workshops with diversity (e.g., religion, race, LGBTQ+, etc.)

https://www.eftcolorado.com/eft-amuse-bouche


Truth and Reconciliations Commission Workgroup

The Truth and Reconciliations Commission (TRC) Report Workgroup is a working group under the guidance of the Cultural Diversity Committee called together to address the recommendations of the TRC as it applied to Psychology.