Fighting racism and racial discrimination in the workplace

March 21, 2019

On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CAPE reaffirms its commitment to supporting actions, initiatives and measures to end all forms of racism and racial discrimination in the workplace.

We also call on our members and national leaders to address racist behavior and racial discrimination, and to champion diversity and inclusion.

The federal public service community is a reflection of Canadian society, rich and diverse. Yet, the federal workplace is not immune to racism and racial discrimination, a fact made clear through an interview with Mr. Richard Sharpe  during this year’s Black History Month.

We were pleased to find in this year’s federal budget funding to roll out an Anti-Racist Strategy and to establish an Anti-Racist Secretariat. (Federal Budget 2019, p. 171). Many of our friends and colleagues continue to be the object of systemic racism, under representation and even racially motivated violence; therefore, it is obvious we still have a lot of work to do.

A fundamental Canadian value is to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. It helps us by giving us an opportunity to have a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the world around us.

Let’s all take this day to recognize what we have done and can do to eliminate racism and racial discrimination in the workplace.

Greg Phillips

Other Resources

CAPE: Article on the Name-Blind Recruitment Pilot Project – March 21, 2018
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom (Equality rights - section 15)
Ontario Human Rights Commission: Racial Discrimination Brochure