This week, we have witnessed the devastating impact of anti-Black racism.
Too many people and communities in Canada continue to experience racism and injustice. Our Human Rights and Diversity Committee (HRDC) is working to address issues surrounding the Black community within the public service.
PIPSC should be a safe place and a place of inclusion. This can only happen when we individually and collectively take action to disrupt and dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism and oppression.
PIPSC and the Human Rights and Diversity Committee commit to this work and to actively engage in the listening, learning and collaboration necessary to build a better way forward together.
“Black PIPSC members have reached out to me sharing their experiences of racism both at work and in our union. They’ve reacted in shock as I’ve shared my own many years of confronting this same anti-black racism. We have to support each other and know that we are not responsible for this injustice,” said PIPSC Human Rights and Diversity Committee Chair, Jennie Esnard. “We are a caring community and we must remember to reach out and support each other; we must acknowledge that what is happening is not okay; and we must remain committed to speaking out against racism in all its forms.”
We have a strong commitment to equity and inclusion. We acknowledge that we have work to do within our system. We are committed to challenging ourselves to examine privilege and question how we can make changes to eliminate racism from within our system. We are committed to creating a place where everyone has an opportunity to learn and work in spaces of respect and belonging.