Quebec region initiatives
At Service Canada, Quebec Region, we are helping to identify and fight systemic racism against Indigenous employees and communities through various mechanisms and initiatives and are countering myths and stereotypes through education and awareness (Battle of the Books featuring Indigenous authors, sharing events and testimonies of Indigenous women participating on a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to denounce violence against Indigenous women and through exchange workshops – Reconciliation Circles). We are also proactively recruiting Indigenous employees and matching them with peers to support them when they join the federal public service. This is intended to assist new employees while raising awareness among peers and the Department of the barriers faced by Indigenous employees.
Regional Study from the Strategic Services Branch (SSB)
To support its decision-making processes, the Quebec Region has launched a study to examine the workplace experiences of Black employees. This scientific study is well under way and will provide a better understanding of actions that can be taken to remove barriers to employee wellness in the workplace.
Let’s talk about racism
As part of Black History Month, the Diversity Network in collaboration with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Anti-Racism Working group organized an event held in February 2021 to openly discuss institutional racism, white supremacy and their impacts on organizational structures and racialized colleagues. The event was facilitated by an IRCC anti-racism leader and real-time psychotherapy services were available. A survey followed the event to help continue the dialogue and to gauge appreciation of the event.
No sound, no pictures
During Accessibility Week in June 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Championship asked management to participate in a voluntary exercise to simulate a situation that a person with a disability may experience during their team meeting. The goal of the exercise was to simulate as closely as possible the reality of people with visual or hearing impairments in order to raise adequate awareness by cutting off the possibility of seeing or hearing during part of the meeting. This activity was intended to raise awareness about the destabilization of persons with disabilities. The importance of self-disclosure was also on the agenda, and was able to collect some comments from some participants on how they experienced the exercise. Lastly, an article with quotes taken from the feedback was published in Info-Express.
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