The Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) Presents: Connect-Empower-Progress

1 day eventIn Ottawa, ON
  • January 23, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
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The Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) with the Institute on Governance (IOG)

Will be holding a symposium to engage Black Federal Public Servants and allies to examine the reality of being Black in the Federal Public Service, from representation, to career development and progression, to mental health.

In 2016 the United Nations reviewed the state of Black people living in Canada. Recommendations focused on the prevalence of anti-black racism within all aspects of life in this country. Black Canadians more frequently report experiences of discrimination across a wide variety of domains when compared with other visible minority groups. This holds true to the experience of being Black in the Federal Public Service, which is a microcosm of Canadian society.

Who gets hired and promoted without competition and who does not? Why has there never been a Black Deputy Minister in the Federal Public Service? The FBEC was formed in December 2017 in response to employees looking for responses to these questions and issues related to representation and inclusion in the workplace. Join us to work through these issues that challenge what it truly means to be a workplace that supports diversity and inclusion.

The Symposium theme: Connect - Empower - Progress

Workshops will include:

  • Self-Care and Well-Being: Addressing racism as a key factor in the mental health of Black employees.
  • Data: Collecting and analyzing disaggregated Employment Equity data within the federal public service (hiring practices, recruitment and development programs etc.): FBEC’s seat at the table and the development of actions that are informed by this exercise.
  • Harassment and Discrimination: The distinctiveness of the Black experience: Anti-Black racism in the federal public service.
  • Representation and Advancemnet: Labour Market Availability vs Representation. Barriers to Advancement - are Black public servants reaching their full potential?
  • Black Women: Understanding Intersectionality - Black women’s unique experience within the Federal Public Service.