ONTABA's mission is to "demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis." ONTABA is also committed to supporting members, which includes amplifying the voices of those who may be marginalized or facing injustices. We appreciate our members speaking out to indicate that we have not done enough regarding issues of diversity and racism. We encourage our members to continue to provide us with feedback on social media, through email, or any other format. We stand united in solidarity with our black members. Black lives matter. We stand united in solidarity with our Indigenous members. Indigenous lives matter. We stand united in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) and any of our members that are experiencing problems rooted in racism and oppression within our field and in general.
This statement is the beginning of ongoing conversations. As we know very well from behaviour analysis, our actions matter. We want to clearly define concrete steps that we will take over the coming months, years, and beyond, to try and address these issues more effectively.
The ONTABA board of directors is committed to taking the following steps to keep this important conversation going:
As an organization, we must move towards meaningful action that attempts to diversify our organization.
ONTABA is here to listen. We have begun to have difficult conversations about these topics, and we will
continue to do so. In order to prompt education on these issues as immediately as possible, we have provided
a list of resources for self-education on racism. As we work to tackle these issues, we will reach out and we will
listen. We may make mistakes, and encourage you to let us know when we do. We will do the work, and we
will do it with all of you.
Sincerely, ONTABA Board of Directors
Below is a list of resources that members can access in relation to furthering knowledge with respect to issues of racism and diversity. The list is not exhaustive, however we hope that it provides a starting point, or additional information for members.
Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy - Canada.ca
Ontario Human Rights Commission: Policy and Guidelines on Racism and Racial Discrimination
Ontario's anti-racism strategic plan
Confronting Anti-Black Racism -- City of Toronto
TORONTO FOR ALL: CONFRONTING ANTI-BLACK RACISM INITIATIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATION Facilitator Guide
Home -- National Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Behaviour Analysis and Diversity:
Behavior Analysis in Practice, Volume 12, Issue 4 - Springer
Can Behavior Analysis Help Us Understand and Reduce Racism? A review of the Current Literature
Where is the diversity in applied behavior analysis?
ONTABA, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, is an Affiliate Chapter of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International. ONTABA currently has members from professions such as education, nursing, health care and psychology.
Fostering a culture of excellence, integrity, and expertise for the advancement and promotion of the science of behaviour analysis.
To demonstrate leadership, knowledge, and innovation in education, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis.