Empowering Conversations

Discussion Series

Empowering Conversations creates spaces for focused, honest discussions that help public-service employees connect with themselves and each other regardless of their current work arrangement. Empowering Conversations address topics important to employees living the realities of the current era.

All sessions are designed to be held via videoconference or teleconference.

As with all JLP learning events, the target audience is employees of the core public administration. To ensure the most effective conditions for fruitful discussions, these sessions are designed for unionized employees and their supervisors/managers of the same work teams with no more than 15 participants.

Each discussion stands alone. You may request dates for any session.

Sessions available:

  • Anti-Racism: Let’s Talk!
  • Grounding Ourselves in Uncertain Times
  • Returning to the Workplace: Now What?

Anti-Racism: Let's Talk!

(6 hours)

Purpose: To bring public service employees and their managers together to define racism, discuss how it is manifested in the workplace, and to identify ways to individually and collectively dismantle racism and promote racial justice.

Objectives: By the end of this session participants will have

  • Reviewed and discussed some of the historical and contemporary context of racism in Canada
  • Defined various forms of racism and identified examples of how it is manifested in our workplaces and in the Federal Public Service
  • Discussed how unconscious bias perpetrates powerful ideas, creating stereotypes and promoting racism
  • Identified actions they can take to address race bias and stereotyping while working toward dismantling racism. 

Discussion Tools for Participants - Anti-Racism: Let's Talk!

Grounding Ourselves in Uncertain Times

(1.5 – 2 hours)

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for public service employees and their managers to connect virtually and build stronger relationships through guided discussions.
By the end of this discussion, participants will have

  • Discussed experiences and identified stressors
  • Shared tools for managing health during isolation
  • Built stronger online connections, networks and relationships

Discussion Tools for Participants - Grounding Ourselves in Uncertain Times

Returning to the Workplace: Now What?

(1.5 – 2 hours)

Purpose: To bring public service employees and their managers together to discuss what the return to the workplace will look like.
By the end of this discussion, participants will have:

  • Reviewed the available departmental information about the return to the workplace
  • Identified questions and information needed
  • Begun planning for returning to the workplace

Discussion Tools for Participants - Returning to the Workplace: Now What?