Equity often gets thrown into conversations about equality, but how are these two terms different? Treating people equally provides everyone with the same support despite differing backgrounds, experiences, and needs. On the other hand, equity provides people with support based on their specific needs. We aspire for a Canada where everyone is welcomed to contribute, participate, create, and share without disadvantages for certain groups and acting with equity is the key to achieving this future.
Equity is a crucial concept in the tech industry because there are certain groups that tend to be underrepresented and therefore face obstacles that others don’t. Some people might need different support to learn how to use technology and furthermore, get jobs in this field. Recognizing the ways marginalized groups have been ignored in the past can help to change the future.
Technology can be a great channel to not only recognize obstacles but also create solutions for these issues. Through technology, we want to explore the ways that digital skills can be used to strengthen equity for people living in Canada. Products and technology are not always designed with everyone in mind and changing the thought process behind these issues is critical to creating an equitable Canada.
This month, we’d like to challenge you to pause, reflect and learn about topics, problems, concerns around the topic of equity – as you create your web projects.
As you learn about and develop fluency on digital tools and programming languages, we would like for you to explore the topic of equity. We’ll leave what you want to focus on up to you – but thinking about the exclusion of certain groups in the design stages of technology — may be a great starting point!
Share photos, screenshots or videos of your digital projects you’ve started using the #clcCode4Change hashtag! We want to see what you end up creating. Remember that learning something new is a work-in-progress. We hope you continue to work on the project you’ve started with us – beyond the classroom!