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2019 made-in-Canada Athena SWAN consultations

The consultation period has been completed. A complete summary report will be made available soon. Thank you to everyone who provided input.

On behalf of Canada's three research granting agencies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will be holding consultation workshops in February and March 2019 to seek input on a draft Charter outlining the key principles of the Canadian Athena SWAN model. This second tour is a follow-up to a series of workshops held last fall.

The draft Charter addresses underrepresented groups in academic research-specifically Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized minorities, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ2+ community-and all areas of research in post-secondary institutions.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strengthen the research enterprise and its quality, social relevance and impact. National discussions and input from all stakeholders are essential to designing a Canadian Athena SWAN model that embraces and actualizes the diversity of the research community in this country.

The development of the Canadian Athena SWAN model is being led by NSERC on behalf of Canada's three federal granting agencies - the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and NSERC.

We encourage you to sign up to the workshop that's most convenient for you and to actively participate. If you cannot make it to a workshop, please send your comments to

For more information, please consult the current version of the draft Charter, the summary report of the first round of consultations, and the guiding questions we are preparing for the workshops.

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