Canada’s military has been accused recently by right-wing media commentators of being overly “woke.” What’s the problem, in the eyes of these critics? It’s been hijacked by activists forcing it to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Paul T. Mitchell, a professor at Canadian Forces College, takes aim at the critics. The Canadian Armed Forces’ efforts to diversify are not only long overdue, he argues, they’re absolutely essential if the military is to survive and thrive. Anyone who’s paid attention to the many scandals that have plagued the CAF in recent years, he adds, understands the urgency.

Mitchell writes: “These ‘woke’ efforts are aimed at increasing operational readiness by attracting more recruits from previously underrepresented groups, and building a diverse force representative of Canada and its values.”

Also today:

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces stand at attention during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Montréal on Nov. 11, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canada’s military is ‘too woke?’ Hardly — it must embrace diversity to survive

Paul T. Mitchell, Canadian Forces College

Efforts to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of Canada’s military do not need to compete with those maintaining military standards. In fact, each goal reinforces the other.

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Barbara Jayne Orser, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Catherine Elliott, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

A toolkit for inclusive entrepreneurship education and training was developed with input from a 19-country panel of entrepreneurship educators.

La Conversation Canada

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