Black History Month 2019

February marks Black History Month in Canada. This time of year provides an opportunity to commemorate the history and honour the accomplishments and contributions of Black people to Canada’s social, economic, cultural and political life and to the labour movement in this country.

Black History Month is a time to deepen our understanding of the unique history of people of African descent in Canada and the oppression they have faced. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge that discrimination and racism are too often present in our society even today.

In 2018, Canada officially recognizedthe International Decade for People of African Descent, as proclaimed by the United Nations. Under the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”, the Decade will be celebrated from 2015 to 2024. Canada’s recognition is intended to help overcome the racism, systemic discrimination and inequalities that Canadians of African descent must contend with.

Through the workshops it is offering, the JLP is proud to play a part in promoting workplaces that are inclusive, diverse and free of harassment and discrimination.