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An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector

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The Accord is based on the following six Canadian values that are most relevant to the relationship between the Government of Canada and the voluntary sector. These values are interrelated and together create the climate for improving and enhancing the lives of all Canadians:

Democracy - upholding the right to associate freely, to express views freely and to engage in advocacy.

Active Citizenship - welcoming the active involvement or engagement of individuals and communities in shaping society whether through political or voluntary activity or both.

Equality - respecting the rights of Canadians under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the rights of individuals worldwide as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Diversity - respecting the rich variety of cultures, languages, identities, interests, views, abilities, and communities in Canada.

Inclusion - welcoming the expression and representation of diversity and upholding the right of each to speak and be heard.

Social Justice - ensuring the full participation in the social, economic and political life of communities.

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Last Updated: 2019-11-18