The Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto (RGP) is known as a trusted authority and thought leader on the care of older adults with frailty. With that role comes great responsibility.
The events of recent weeks have been marked by devastating anti-black racism, prompting widespread protests and community uprisings around the world. Racism against
Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour
has a long and documented history, and we have witnessed protests before. The intensity of the world's reaction, however, brings hope that this time, our society's response will be different and enduring.
The RGP's Senior Friendly Care Framework has always emphasized the rights of older adults, including those from vulnerable and diverse populations; however, we recognize that there is much more we need to do, specifically in the arena of racism. The RGP, its board of directors and staff, are committed to using the trust and influence that we hold to confront racism and discrimination. We are taking steps to make a difference. Equity is one of the RGP's core values and has been identified as a priority in our strategic plan. We will examine our work with a more robust commitment to our equity goals. We will reflect on our own behaviours and decision-making processes to identify and mitigate implicit bias. We will embrace continuous learning to enhance inclusion and educate ourselves and our colleagues to promote diversity.
To bring about real and lasting change, we must put our values into action by demonstrating what we believe in.