What is the Update?

To celebrate National Accessibility Week, the AccessMac Program in the Equity and Inclusion Office, and the McMaster Accessibility Advisory Council are proud to present the Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update (ADIU)!

4 individual holding hands in a circle with 2 arrows that circle each other in an infinite motion.Since Fall 2017, the ADIU has summarized the accomplishments and efforts of McMaster students, staff, and faculty working to enhance and move forward accessibility and disability inclusion work at the University, and in communities outside of the University. It is a true cross-campus community publication and every year features dozens of submissions received from faculties, services, and individuals inclusive.

For the academic 2020-2021 year, we have moved the Update into a new Pressbook format to enhance accessibility of the resource as an open access educational resource – past versions of the Update will be moved into this Pressbook over time, and can currently be accessed from the Inclusion Initiatives section of the Accessibility Hub website. Future versions of the Update will be built directly into this Pressbook so that all versions, past and present, will be able to be accessed from one stable link location.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to the campus community for your ongoingly wonderful and thoughtful submissions – keep up the incredible work and we sincerely look forward to future submissions!

Land Acknowledgement

McMaster sits on the traditional Territories of the Mississauga & Haudenosaunee Nations & within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.

The agreement is also a covenant with Nature: take what you need, leave something in the dish for others & keep the dish clean.

Regardless of participation in the University online, in-person, or within a hybrid environment, it is essential to recognize and acknowledge the indigenous lands upon which McMaster is situated as well as indigenous lands across Canada and that non-Indigenous folks either occupy or have settled upon. McMaster and surrounding GTA areas are specifically occupying territories of the Haldimand Tract, which are currently governed by the Haldimand Treaty of 1784, running six miles deep from each side of the Grand River, beginning at Lake Erie.

Important Links

Native Land

Truth and Reconciliation – Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Residential School System


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