ROSE operates on an intersectional definition of oppression, recognizing that the various aspects of one’s identity contribute to and moderate their relationship to the dominant systems of power (patriarchy, white supremacy, cisnormativity, ableism, class).
In practicing Anti-Oppression, we do not just acknowledge these power structures, but reflect actively on the wholeness of our identity and the privilege, power, and place we operate from within society because of it.
ROSE aspires to be anti-racist. We recognize that denouncing racism and being ‘not racist’ is not enough, rather we must actively work against racism. The reason we describe ourselves as aspiring to anti-racism is because it is not a designation we can give ourselves, but rather something we must work towards being every day we operate; it is not a badge of honour, but an obligation.
We operate under the definition of working towards anti-racism provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
“Being antiracist results from a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society. Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do.”
ROSE is committed to ensuring our events, programs, and services are accessible to all people across the spectrum of disability and neurodiversity.
As part of this commitment, we work to ensure that alt-text and image descriptions are available for all images posted to our social media, and our website. We also hope to be able to provide French translations of our social media posts.
We also make all attempts to ensure our events have zero to lowest possible financial burden for participation, and that these events are held at locations with adequate accessibility features and design.
If you ever have or encounter accessibility concerns with anything affiliated with ROSE, please reach out to us either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us at (613)-223-7351.
Decolonization and Indigenization
ROSE recognizes that we live, gather, and organize on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, which has been stewarded, caretaken, and harmoniously lived within by the Algonquin Anishnaabeg since time immemorial.
As we acknowledge this, we also recognize our responsibility as settlers in decolonizing our interactions, institutions and systems, and organize around principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression. We must not just decolonize, but work to Indigenize our work and interactions.
We also recognize that to this day, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples are discriminated against, murdered, and genocided by our settler colonial system, that we are obligated as settlers to fight and to change.
Anti-Policing and Anti-Carceral
Policing institutions have a long and well documented history of serving as oppressors and abusers of Indigenous, Black, people of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, homeless, poor, and disabled peoples.
We stand in solidarity with organizations advocating for the defunding of policing institutions and reducing the role of police within our society, with the goal of eventual abolition of the current model of policing.
ROSE believes that community safety originates and ends with the community, and is centered on Black and Indigenous power and leadership. We keep us safe.
In addition, ROSE believes in a post-carceral system in which abusive and traumatizing prisons do not exist. We believe in substantive, rehabilitative, and restorative justice models that replace policing and confinement with a paradigm focused on the reintegration of justice-involved individuals to their communities, and fair compensation and respect for victims.