The JLP marks Black History Month
The month of February is Black History Month in Canada and internationally. Black History Month was created to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Black people throughout history, contributions often overlooked or misattributed due to a lack of information and other forms of systemic racism.
February is a time to learn about and reflect on the history and lived experiences of Black Canadians. Black Canadians have contributed to shaping Canada’s heritage and identity dating back to the 1600s. The role of Black Canadians and their communities has largely been ignored as a fundamental part of Canada’s history. Celebrate Black History Month by learning about Black Canadians in history or in the present day. Discover works by Black authors, artists, performers, inventors, scholars, activists, and philosophers.
Despite renewed focus on anti-racism training and Black activism all over the world, the Public Service Employee Survey indicates that the percentage of public-service employees who experience discrimination in the workplace based on race or colour has risen over the last three years.
Black and other racialized public-service employees interested in advancing their careers through learning facilitation and leadership skills might consider applying to become a JLP facilitator. The JLP is actively seeking new facilitators who identify as a member of all equity groups in the interest of offering a facilitator pool which reflects our diverse country.