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IAP2 2018: Inclusion in Public Participation

September 06, 2018

High-quality public engagement depends upon input from a wide variety of participants, beyond the “usual suspects.” However prospective participants can face a number of barriers to participation, including physical access, economic access, transportation, time, social and cultural access, literacy and technical skills, safety concerns, or the need for child or elder care.

As part of our mission to bring together and honour diverse voices, the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue works to identify and address barriers to participation in our own work, and exchange knowledge within the field of public participation around accessibility and inclusion.

Read more about our recent work on inclusion in public participation, and download resources that can inform your work below:

Read our final report on Inclusion in Open Government, for 6 key challenges to inclusion, and strategies that can increase accessibility in public participation initiatives.

  • In 2014, the Centre for Dialogue hosted Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada, one of the most comprehensive events ever held in Canada to highlight the knowledge and expertise of stakeholders involved in reconciling injustices. The event focused on six specific historical and contemporary Canadian injustices to provide a diverse range of experiences that could contextualize a broader conversation about how Canadians respond to injustice in the future.