We’re working to welcome you back through our doors again, from modifying exhibits to reconfiguring our halls. We’re listening to the advice of public health officials, so it’s going to take us a little longer to reopen. We’ve got a comprehensive plan to keep everyone safe. Take a look.
Recent events around the world and in Canada have highlighted the ongoing impact of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, discrimination and systemic bias in our society. These events have been felt deeply at all levels of our organization.
Our goal at the Ontario Science Centre has always been to create a space–physical and psychological–that is welcoming to our visitors, staff and partners. We recognize that it is not enough to have this only as a goal–we must take concrete actions to create positive and sustainable change for our entire community, both inside and outside of the Science Centre.
We know there is much work to be done. We are committed to examining and addressing systemic racism and bias within our organization, and also to playing a role in our community to raise awareness, to fight racism and work to bring about real social change.
In June, we publicly committed to take and share actions. Our immediate next steps are:
We will make our framework available publicly, measure what we do, and be accountable–and ensure that the Science Centre is a leader for change.
Paul Kortenaar, PhD
CEO, Ontario Science Centre