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Social Justice

CAUT Policy Statement

CAUT is committed to social justice as a dynamic goal of all societies. Social justice includes, but is not limited to, respect for the human rights, democratic rights, Indigenous and treaty rights, civil liberties, and sexual and reproductive rights of all individuals, without discrimination. It includes climate justice, and equitable treatment under the law and equitable access to adequate essentials of daily living, health care, education, and other public services, as well as to meaningful work. All individuals, groups and institutions have an obligation to promote social justice.

The absence of social justice both in Canada and around the world undermines the ability of university and college academic staff to fulfil effectively their public obligation to teach, research and disseminate knowledge.

Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2019;
Editorial revisions, February 2024.