It's About Respect.

It’s About Respect. ~ Confederation College’s Respect Initiative is a grassroots movement is now entering it's tenth year. Targeting students, employees and the college community at large, It’s About Respect. is comprised of a number of programs and strategies meant to raise awareness of how people should treat one another.  This initiative is meant to raise public awareness, to make civility a topic of discussion, and to raise the bar in terms of our expectations when it comes to behaviour and to prepare students for the expectations in the work world. Our approach sees respect as a human right. Fostering this belief is a critical part of our mandate as a post-secondary institution.

This philosophy emphasizes that the College needs to be accessible to a broad spectrum of students. When we talk about the acceptance of diversity, we are talking race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, intellectual capacity, body shape, disability, age, family background, parental status and socio-economic background. If we want to call ourselves an access college, we need to do all that we can to make the College experience a positive and productive one for all students, and staff.

Drawing from various resources the campaign continues to evolve in both its direction and mandate.  The fluidity of this approach allows us to meet “the need of the day” while continuing to educate, mentor and create awareness within our students, staff, faculty, and community on a multitude of topics.

Over the past decade the Respect. Initiative has created partnerships and inspired many organizations to create their own programs.  These include the City of Thunder Bay, Fort Frances O.P.P., The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and many of the other Colleges in Ontario and across Canada.  We have presented the program at conferences across North America.

Respect. is a collaborative initiative, lead by a steering committee comprised of students, employees and the community.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the Respect. Steering Committee please email

If you or someone you know is being victimized, we encourage you to tell someone. Reach out, we're here to listen and to help. If you have a question, would like more information or to get involved with this initiative, please don't hesitate to contact us.

it's about respect.  give it. live it.