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Diversity & Inclusion Declaration

North Perth Public Library

The North Perth Public Library recognizes and affirms the dignity of those it serves and works with, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, race, income, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental abilities.



The North Perth Public Library (NPPL) is committed to fostering an environment of understanding and respect. We support everyone’s learning, regardless of their backgrounds or personal beliefs. The inherent dignity of all individuals is grounded in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

The NPPL Board endorses the Statement on Diversity and Inclusion as set out by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA):

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) believes that a diverse and pluralistic society is central to our country’s identity. Libraries have a responsibility to contribute to a culture that recognizes diversity and fosters social inclusion. Libraries strive to deliver inclusive service. Canada’s libraries recognize and energetically affirm the dignity of those they serve, regardless of heritage, education, beliefs, race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental capabilities, or income. Libraries understand that an acceptance of differences can place individual and collective values in conflict. Libraries are committed to tolerance and understanding. Libraries act to ensure that people can enjoy services free from any attempt by others to impose values, customs or beliefs.

The library also supports the Communiqué on Anti-Black Racism published by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) on June 9, 2020. 


Our Commitment

With this policy, NPPL makes the following commitments:

  • To build an inclusive environment throughout internal, external, and virtual spaces where everyone feels a sense of belonging and is treated with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination;
  • To include diverse voices and viewpoints in service development;
  • To integrate best practices and actions that break down systemic oppression and barriers within our services and internal practices;
  • To make inclusion a priority in planning and decision making for staffing, training, and organizational change.
  • To represent diverse voices and perspectives throughout programming, collections development, and partnerships.

The NPPL strives to develop services and programs in partnership with, others, and believe that respectful dialogue builds understanding and stronger communities.

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