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Four Ways You Can Focus on Inclusion this Month

November 2, 2023

CODE newsletters are meant to inspire you to reflect on your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, find valuable resources to further action and develop skills needed to facilitate bold change. 

In this month’s edition explore Indigenous inclusion at our upcoming CODE Workshop featuring Kendell Joiner, and delve into the world of digital equity with Kelly Thibodeau’s impactful journey. Plus– with Disability Employment Awareness Month ending, find resources that support you in taking action beyond October.

Re-grounding Practices Focusing on Indigenous Inclusion

Elevate your understanding of Indigenous inclusion at our upcoming CODE Workshop. This engaging Zoom event will feature keynote, Kendell Joiner, Founder of Ghost Bull Consultancy. Explore transformative strategies for recruitment, retention, and knowledge transfer with real-world examples. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your organizational practices.

Thursday, November 9, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Free for CODE Coalition Members
Free for Food and Beverage Members and Partners
Discounted Chamber Member Rate: $25 +GST
Regular Rate: $50 +GST


Exploring Digital Equity and Inclusion with Kelly Thibodeau of Squarely Accessible

Explore the impactful journey of Kelly Thibodeau, Principal at Squarely Accessible, in our latest blog. With over 25 years of experience, Kelly is committed to making online marketing accessible and more meaningful.

Discover Kelly’s motivation, insights on Invisible Disabilities Week, and steps employers can take to promote awareness.

Want to learn more about how to create inclusive content that resonates with diverse audiences? Kelly will be hosting a session at our CODE Conference to provide more practical tips to make your digital platforms accessible.

Register for CODE Conference: Early Bird Pricing on now.

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Acknowledging & Actioning Disability Employment Awareness Month

In acknowledgment of Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in October, we reflect on our commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities in their employment endeavors. Despite the business case for inclusion, barriers persist. In 2019, a survey with Probe Research revealed that nearly four-in-ten Manitoba companies employ individuals with disabilities, with larger firms leading the way. However, challenges like physical job requirements and safety concerns persist.

For insights on fostering inclusive workplaces, explore this Resource Hub, created by CASE, a national member association for the supported employment sector. Free to use, the Resource Hub provides valuable resources from CASE, its members, and international organizations. Let’s make strides in inclusive employment—visit the Resource Hub today!


  1. Manitoba Business Leaders Index
  2. CASE Resource Hub
  3. Manitoba Supported Employment Network
  4. Accessibility for Manitobans Act
  5. Accessible Website and Sharepoint Design Checklist


Join the 50-30 Challenge

Join us in the 50-30 Challenge for diversity, inclusion, and equity. As part of our commitment, we’re actively collecting self-identification data to build a representative workforce and create inclusive spaces. We’ve embraced the 50-30 Challenge by the Government of Canada, pushing for gender parity (50% women and/or non-binary individuals) and 30% representation among other equity-deserving groups in leadership. At The Chamber, we’ve achieved these targets, and we’re calling you to join us and make a difference in your workplace. Together, let’s build a more inclusive future.

Learn more:

  1. About the 50-30 Challenge
  2. Mapping your journey to 50-30
  3. What Works Toolkit
  4. Micropedia of Microagressions
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