Thompson Rivers University

Athena SWAN Draft Charter workshop

The made-in-Canada Athena SWAN pilot program is being launched to encourage and recognize commitments made by post-secondary institutions towards advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the research community.

Representatives from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are at TRU consulting on this draft document during this workshop. The Charter will evolve in response to feedback received during consultations like this. These consultations are open to all Canadians, and everyone is invited to come and share their ideas.

The workshop will be held in the Terrace Room, CAC, and breakout sessions will take place in the Alpine Room.


Post-secondary institutions are invited to sign on to the made-in-Canada Athena SWAN Charter and to commit to adopting the following principles focused on promoting and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

In response to the Calls for Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a guiding principle of the Charter is to engage in meaningful, respectful and continuous dialogue and collaboration with Indigenous peoples at all stages of the made-in-Canada Athena SWAN program.

Recognizing that understanding lived experiences is fundamental to cultural change, we encourage institutions to undertake meaningful engagement as an integral part of drafting and implementing actions to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in their institution.