The Canadian Quaternary Association (CANQUA) has some 150 members who study the Quaternary Era, the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history. This interdisciplinary grouping includes geographers, archaeologists, botanists and biologists, among others. CANQUA was founded in 1975 and membership is open to anyone interested in Quaternary studies in Canada.
CANQUA statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
CANQUA values equity, diversity, inclusion, and is committed to embrace and replicate these in all activities. This statement affirms CANQUA’s commitment to the active participation of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic status, disability, family status, age, institutional affiliation, or national origin, in its membership, leadership, boards, councils, committees, and all its products and activities. There is an urgent need to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in all the sciences, but this is particularly true in the geosciences where inclusion of racialized, marginalized and excluded groups is even lower than in other fields. CANQUA also acknowledges that research activities often take place on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples of Canada, and of elsewhere, and CANQUA asserts its commitment to developing respectful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous peoples and collectives. CANQUA aspires to produce excellence in Quaternary research that serves the scientific community and society at large, based on principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation.