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On February 24, 2020, FBEC hosted our second annual meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Under the theme of Black Inclusion, the meeting brought together public servants, allies, unions and senior government officials to discuss issues facing Black federal public servants including workshops on career progression, self-advocacy, anti-oppression for allies. Read more…
A recording of the event is available online.
An update to membership on the work and progress that has taken place over the last several months; and, events and activities to look forward to this fall/winter. This meeting was “on-line only”.
On June 18, 2019, the Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) held a meeting of its members at 90 Elgin Street, Ottawa. Treasury Board President, Joyce Murray and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Parliamentary Black Caucus Chair, Greg Fergus, addressed members with messages of support.
FBEC provided updates on our latest initiatives to work with organizations to help achieve the government’s diversity and inclusion goals as part of its commitment to the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent including:
- Meeting with Canada’s Chief Human Resource Officer to ensure the Government of Canada’s new wellness strategy specifically considers the needs of Black federal employees.
- Successfully advocating that the Public Service Employee Survey include an option for visible minority employees to identify which visible minority groups they belong to.
- FBEC’s recent presentation to the RCMP’s top 45 executive members, including Commissioner, Brenda Lucki.
The main focus of the event was on getting the word out about the importance of filling out, and self-identifying on, the 2019 Public Service Employment Survey being conducted from July 22 to August 30, 2019. FBEC’s Natalie Taite also encouraged members to tell their own stories to continue to back up the quantitative data with qualitative data.
The President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), Debi Daviau; Larry Rousseau, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Labour Congress; and Canada’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Nancy Chahwan also addressed participants.
FBEC hosted its inaugural national Symposium on January 23, 2019, at the Institute on Governance (IOG) in Ottawa, to address anti-Black racism in the Federal Public Service. It brought together Black employees and human resources practitioners to develop solutions to persistent issues faced by Black employees within the Federal Public Service. Symposium attendees, who numbered over 100, discussed and proposed solutions to issues of harassment and discrimination, representation and advancement, self-care and well-being, disaggregated employment equity data, and Black women.
See our report: Connect-Empower-Progress: A Report on the Inaugural Symposium hosted by FBEC with the IOG.
Members of the FBEC met downtown at the Ottawa Public Library to discuss objectives of the organization, how best to respond to concerns of anti-Black racism within the workplace and share personal experiences.
The meeting was also attended by members of the Parliamentary Black Caucus, a non-partisan collective of Black senators and federally elected officials who are Black or who represent a constituency that has a large Black demographic.
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