The Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association (SAHLA) condemns all forms of racism, white supremacy, and systems of oppression under which Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) throughout Alberta, Canada and the world are disadvantaged and marginalized.
As an association comprised of library workers in the healthcare system, we acknowledge that racism and the effects of years of colonialism are pervasive within both the library and healthcare fields. We recognize that it is our role to take action when acts of prejudice and racism occur in our institutions and to provide equitable access and safe spaces for BIPOC members of our communities.
SAHLA is committed to incorporating principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into our planning and providing opportunities to build knowledge among our membership that empower us all to build a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system and library community.
Please see the below for CHLA and the Journal of Canadian Health Libraries Association statements on the topic –
- CHLA Statement on anti-racism: https://www.chla-absc.ca/blog/chlaabsc-blog/2020-06-24-chla-statement-on-antiracism–dclaration-de-labsc-sur-lantiracisme
- CHLA / ABSC Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism, Hate and Violence: https://www.chla-absc.ca/blog/chlaabsc-blog/2021-04-12-chlaabsc-statement-against-antiasian-racism-hate-and-
- JCHLA/JABSC editorial policies and practices to address systemic racism and improve equity, diversity, and inclusion