Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology / L’Association Canadienne D’Anthropologie Physique is a learned society of international scholars and students whose aim is to promote and increase awareness and understanding of physical (biological) anthropology among its membership, as well as to supporting institutions and agencies and the public at large. Physical anthropologists study adaptation, variability and evolution in a biocultural context. Our members recognize and celebrate the geographic and temporal diversity and complexity of ancient and modern humankind, our hominin forebears and our nonhuman primate cousins and their ancestors. As such, our discipline is inherently multidisciplinary, crossing the boundaries between the natural and social sciences, in order to provide a richer understanding of human diversity and complexity.

Statement of Respect for Diversity and Inclusion

Our organization embraces diversity among its membership and values the inclusion of people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We commit to providing a welcoming and safe space for scientists and scholars regardless of sex, ethnicity, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, financial situation, religion, national origin, cultural background, pregnancy, parental or marital status, immigration status, academic affiliation, or any other aspect of identity. We seek at all times to mitigate the harms caused by inequities within our academy. We acknowledge the lands on which we gather and our continuing commitment to decolonizing our professional interactions through community-engaged approaches. Bullying, harassment or discriminatory forms of behaviour have no place within our society. All members are to be treated with dignity and respect and are expected to adhere to the CAPA-ACAP Code of Ethics as well as any such codes by which they are bound through institutional or other affiliation.