Employee Engagement Calendar - July 2023

July 3, 2023by Carissa Harrison in Workplace Wellbeing

Important dates and employee engagement ideas for the month of July.

Canada Day - July 1st

Today, as we celebrate Canada, we take pride in the diversity of all cultures that intertwine to form our great nation. It is a time to embrace the diversity that shapes our collective identity.
As a Canadian-based company, we understand the importance of reflecting on our history, recognizing both its accomplishments and the challenges it presents. While we rejoice in our achievements, we must also acknowledge the impact of our colonial past on Indigenous Peoples and their communities.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, and we firmly believe that it is a path we must walk together. Inclusivity, respect, and active listening are the cornerstones of reconciliation that guide our every step.

On Canada's birthday, let us not only commemorate our past but also seize the opportunity to shape a shared future. Together we can forge a nation that wholeheartedly embraces diversity and champions equality. and nurtures unity for all.

Engagement Ideas
  • Volunteer for Indigenous organizations: Encourage employees to engage in volunteer activities that support Indigenous communities or organizations.
  • Indigenous Awareness and Education Session: Organize a workplace engagement event where employees can learn about Indigenous history, culture, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Call to Action.

Independence Day - July 4th

Independence Day holds great significance as it marks the independence of a nation, while also acknowledging the painful history and harm inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples. This day calls for a nuanced understanding of the country's complex past, fostering a commitment to reconciliation and healing.
Engagement Ideas
  • Lunch and learn: Host a lunch and learn session where employees can gather to learn about the history and significance of Independence Day.
  • Indigenous awareness training: Conduct Indigenous awareness training sessions to educate employees about the history, culture, and contemporary issues faced by Indigenous Peoples.

Global Energy Independence Day - July 10th

This day marks a collective commitment toward reducing dependence on fossil fuel resources and transitioning to sustainable, renewable energy sources. It serves as a call to action to address the pressing challenges of climate change, energy security, and environmental sustainability.

Engagement Ideas
  • Green commute challenge: Encourage employees to participate in a green commute challenge on Global Energy Day.

Huron Tract Treaty of 1827 Anniversary - July 10th

The anniversary of the Huron Treaty Act of 1827 holds great significance as it represents a pivotal moment in the historical relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian government. The treaty, negotiated between the Crown and the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabe peoples, resulted in the acquisition of a substantial tract of land in what is now known as southwestern Ontario.
Engagement Ideas
  • Volunteering and Community Engagement: Encourage employees to participate in volunteer initiatives that support Indigenous communities or organizations.

International Non-Binary Peoples Day - July 14th

International Non-Binary Peoples Day aims to recognize, celebrate, and raise awareness about individuals who identify as non-binary. This day provides a platform to acknowledge and validate the lived experiences of non-binary people, who exist outside the traditional binary understanding of gender. This day also highlights the ongoing struggles and discrimination faced by non-binary individuals, advocating for equal rights and visibility.

Engagement Ideas
  • Pronoun awareness: Encourage employees to include their preferred pronouns in email signatures, name tags, and virtual meeting profiles.
  • Inclusive policies and practices: Review and update workplace policies and practices to be more inclusive of non-binary employees.
  • Educational Workshops: Host educational workshops and training sessions for employees to learn about non-binary identities, terminologies, and experiences.

World Day for International Justice - July 17th

This Day raises awareness about the ongoing challenges faced by victims of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other gross violations of human rights.

Engagement Ideas
  • Film screening and discussion: Host a screening of a documentary or movie related to international justice and its significance.
  • Fundraising and support: Make a donation on your organization's behalf, to an organization fighting for justice and equal rights.
  • Provide resources, reading materials, or online platforms where employees can further educate themselves on international justice issues.

Nelson Mandela Day - July 18th

Nelson Mandela Day commemorates the life and legacy of one of the world's most noteworthy leaders and advocates for human rights. This day serves as a global call to action, reminding us of the values Nelson Mandela stood for, such as freedom, equality, reconciliation, and social justice.

Engagement Ideas
  • Community service projects: Organize community service projects where employees can volunteer their time and skills to support local organizations or causes aligned with Nelson Mandela's values.

International Self-Care Day - July 24th

International Self-Care Day encourages individuals to engage in activities that promote self-reflection, relaxation, and personal growth. It reminds us that self-care is not selfish but rather a vital aspect of leading a balanced and fulfilling life.

Engagement Ideas
  • Mindfulness sessions: Conduct guided mindfulness or meditation sessions for employees either in-person or virtually.
  • Wellness challenges: Create friendly wellness challenges centered around self-care activities.

National Disability Independence Day (U.S.) - July 26th

This day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Disabilities Act 1990, which aimed to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. It calls for breaking down barriers, challenging stigmas, and promoting the principles of equality, dignity, and independence.

Engagement Ideas
  • Accessibility audits: Conduct accessibility audits of the workplace to identify areas that may hinder accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

World Nature Conservation Day - July 28th

This day highlights the importance of preserving biodiversity, ecosystems, and natural resources to maintain ecological balance and sustain life on Earth. It raises awareness about the threats facing our planet, such as deforestation, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction.

Engagement Ideas
  • Green team initiatives: Form a "Green Team" within the workplace comprised of enthusiastic employees who are passionate about environmental conservation.


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Our company believes in the importance of reconciliation and is a proud member of Culturally Committed, a community and program designed to foster relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, promote cultural understanding, and support Indigenous-led initiatives. We acknowledge that the journey of reconciliation is ongoing, and commit to learning, listening, and taking action towards a more just and equitable future for all.

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