Public Service Pride Action Committees – Call Out

March 9, 2021 - Defence Stories

The Public Service Pride (PSP) Network is setting up a series of voluntary action committees to examine LGBTQ2+ themes within the federal public service. Their purpose is to enrich ongoing efforts by bringing the lived experiences of LGBTQ2+ people into the conversation.

Each committee will have two co-chairs, up to 10 members and a one-year mandate. They will work to humanize conversations about LGBTQ2+ issues by adding a lived experience perspective to policy and program discussions. Each committee will choose how to best analyze their theme and how to work with the PSP to present that material to senior leaders.

Committee members will be selected to scale up the diversity of each team in terms of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, language, race, occupational groups/levels, regional representation and additional factors. With teams whose members have a wide variety of experiences and skills, LGBTQ2+ public servants will have many more opportunities to successfully propose ideas and solutions to our senior leaders.

To achieve these goals, we are asking people who work professionally in Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to continue working with their current programs and networks rather than apply to join a committee. The committees will enhance the conversation by complementing ongoing efforts within departments and agencies. They will not replace existing initiatives or programs.

The ACs are:

Standing Action Committees:

Special Committees:

Representatives from departments and agencies leading an initiative for Public Service Pride Week 2021 will be part of the Public Service Pride Week Committee.

Employees interested in joining one of the committees and able to make a one‑year volunteer commitment should express their interest to Nadia.Harton@canada.ca. Please indicate what committee(s) you would like to join, the role you are seeking (co-chair or member), what you would contribute and why you are great for the committee. All expressions of interest need to be submitted by March 15, 2021. Member selections will be finalized and communicated by March 23, 2021.

Thank you in advance for your interest, dedication and willingness to continue building a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming federal public service.

Jason Bett

Public Service Pride Champion

*The Public Service Pride Network strives to be representative of the diverse communities that we represent. People who identify as a member of the gender and sexual diversity minority communities (including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two spirit) are encouraged to express their interest in these opportunities. We also specifically encourage those who identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour to express their interest. Preference may be given to self-identifying members of the LGBTQ2+ communities, although allies and supporters who are interested in the positions are encouraged to express their interest as well.

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