SPRE has embarked on a learning journey to understand and reflect on the bias and discrimination long existing in the Real Estate sector. The aim of this journey is to understand the harm that has been, and is, created through such bias and discrimination, and to support the social purpose sector, its allies and partners, to create alternative real estate structures/systems. SPRE seeks to enable a culture for the sector and itself guided by equity, inclusion and reconciliation.
As a step towards this new culture, SPRE expanded its research work through a partnership with the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Scholar Program. The project investigated challenges and opportunities in providing affordable, secure and suitable spaces for non-profits, social enterprises and artists through the specific lens of equity, inclusion and reconciliation.
This research reflects on how different forms of discrimination, racism and bias influence availability, rights, and use of land and property, and demonstrates how systems of oppression and injustice have been challenged in the Real Estate sector and by SPRE members. The documents resulting from the research are meant to build capacity in the SPRE Collaborative and in the sector, equipping individuals and organizations with access to resources and positive examples and best practices.
The final report includes an annotated bibliography, list of resources, glossary of terms and self reflections/interviews with SPRE members to discover their initiatives around equity, inclusion and reconciliation and thoughts on where the SPRE Collaborative itself needs to move to truly walk the talk of equity, inclusion and reconciliation.