HSO's 2021 Declaration on Diversity of Perspective
The Historical Society of Ottawa's mission, since its founding in 1898, has been to preserve and increase public knowledge of our local history.
We acknowledge that, in pursuing this mission, we have often done so within a narrow cultural perspective that has not always been inclusive of the equally important perspectives of those among us of different race, national or ethnic origin, mother tongue, colour, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Important perspectives that we feel should be given more focus include those of Indigenous peoples, people of colour, women, and members of the LBGTQ+ community.
- The HSO shall do its utmost to ensure that our presentations, publications, and activities consider diverse cultural perspectives and address past and present injustices.
- In further support of this commitment The Historical Society of Ottawa officially recognizes and embraces the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)
In doing so, The Historical Society of Ottawa acknowledges the roles that the slave trade, colonialism, systemic racism, and civil and human rights violations have played in our history and which continue to resonate in present times.