February is Black History Month in Canada, and worldwide. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.
PIPSC is proud to salute and celebrate the legacy, the courage and the contribution of the Black community.
Call on federal government to create a national strategy on anti-Black racism
To mark Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), representing 3.3 million workers, including PIPSC members, is renewing its call on the federal government to commit to an anti-Black racism strategy.
“Black people in Canada are systematically disadvantaged in workplaces, criminalized and victimized by the judicial system, and discriminated against in public services and housing,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.
This strategy would require the government to commit to analyzing race-based statistics on how various institutional policies impact Canada’s Black communities. The key objective would be to eradicate institutionalized racism that disproportionately harms this specific segment of Canadian society.
We encourage PIPSC members to visit the CLC website to learn more about this initiative.