About The Path to Dignity and Respect
Learn about the Canadian Armed Forces Sexual Misconduct Response Strategy
What is The Path to Dignity and Respect?
The Path to Dignity and Respect (The Path) is a culture change strategy created to prevent and address sexual misconduct in the CAF. The Path is designed to align behaviours and attitudes in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the principles and values of the profession of arms in Canada. It shifts the focus of Operation HONOUR from an immediate response primarily concentrated on addressing incidents, to a long-term institutional approach aimed at preventing incidents from occurring in the first place.
What are we trying to accomplish with The Path?
We are striving for a CAF free of sexual misconduct, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. To achieve our vision, we must ensure that sexual misconduct is never minimized, ignored or excused. This is how we will build a safer work environment and ensure trust in each other and in the chain of command. The Path provides us with a comprehensive, long-term strategy to guide and coordinate efforts across the CAF.
What elements are included in The Path?
The strategy has four elements:
- Analysis: The Strategic Approach to Cultural Alignment identifies the elements that constitute and influence CAF culture, and introduces a cultural alignment model that we can apply to a broad range of issues.
- Application: The Strategic Framework to Address Sexual Misconduct in the CAF applies the cultural alignment model to determine what aspects of CAF culture enable or hinder individuals from engaging in sexual misconduct. It also sets out the vision, guiding principles, strategic objectives and desired outcomes that will guide our efforts to prevent and address sexual misconduct.
- Implementation: The Operation HONOUR Strategic Campaign Plan 2025 lays out how we will implement the strategy. It proposes a comprehensive, five-year plan for the next phase of activities and is designed to coordinate with other complementary efforts throughout the CAF.
- Measurement: The Operation HONOUR Performance Measurement Framework establishes the measurements that the CAF will use to assess the progress of Operation HONOUR over time.
How will this strategy make a difference?
Sexual misconduct is a complex issue that requires a holistic, long-term approach. The Path is an evidence-informed strategy that considers the cultural dynamics of the CAF and how they can be leveraged, or targeted for elimination, to address sexual misconduct. It incorporates and builds on efforts already undertaken through Operation HONOUR and other complementary CAF initiatives, while introducing a prevention-based approach to help us target and implement our interventions. Furthermore, it includes a performance measurement framework, which will support a cycle of continuous learning and improvement.
How is the strategy being implemented?
Every organization within the CAF will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of The Path. The Operation HONOUR Campaign Plan identifies activities and initiatives we will undertake over the course of a five-year period, many of which are already underway, and we will continually track and measure progress using the Operation HONOUR Performance Measurement Framework.
Can I submit my views and ideas on The Path?
The CAF welcomes feedback on The Path, and all feedback will be considered as part of our planned annual review and update process. This process will enable us to incorporate feedback, as well as lessons learned, into The Path on an ongoing basis.
If you would like to contribute to the continual improvement of The Path, please use the Operation HONOUR feedback form to share your views and ideas.
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