Video — Message from Minister Bardish Chagger


Transcript of the Anti-Racism Secretariat video - Message from Minister Bardish Chagger

Video length: 1:59 minutes

[The Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth speaking between 2 Canadian flags.]

Hello, bonjour:

I hope you are all keeping well and safe!

With the realities of racism at the front of national and global attention, we have a responsibility to take immediate action.

Racism is one of the root causes of social and economic gaps for racialized Canadians, religious minorities, and Indigenous peoples. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed fractures in our society.

For too many Canadians, systemic racism is a lived reality. We know that racism did not take a pause during the pandemic. On the contrary, COVID-19 has hit racialized Canadians especially hard.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said, “We know that our work together is not done… not while anyone faces racism or injustice.”

The time to change this is long overdue.

Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy builds a foundation for action by supporting three guiding principles:

  • demonstrating federal leadership;
  • empowering communities; and,
  • building awareness and changing attitudes.

To keep this strategy front and centre, the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat is leading the efforts across all departments and agencies to identify gaps, raise awareness, and develop new initiatives to confront and address systemic racism.

In the Speech from the Throne, our government pledged to address systemic racism, and committed to do so in a way that is, at minimum informed, by the lived experiences of racialized communities and Indigenous Peoples.

The effort is strengthened by partnerships with communities, provinces and territories, and with non-government organizations, to support our shared responsibility to fight racism and discrimination in all of its forms.

In these uncertain times, more than ever, we all need to step up and make our workplaces, communities, public, and online spaces safer and consciously more inclusive for everyone.

Together, we can build back even better and create a truly inclusive Canada. Thank you.

[The Canada wordmark appears, which has a waving Canadian flag above the last “a” in the word “Canada”.]

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