Black History Month 2021

February is Black History Month in Canada. Black History Month celebrates Black Canadians’ history and lived experiences and focusses on their vast contributions to society in every domain.

The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada in December 1995. The motion was put forth by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.

Three horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green

Black people have been part of Canada’s recorded history since the beginning, even if Black history is not generally taught in the general school curriculum. To expand your understanding of Canada’s past, present and future, take some time this February to learn about some great Black Canadians both past and present. Or you can commit to making a difference by taking a workshop on working to eradicate racism or becoming an ally.

The 2019 Public Service Employment Survey shows that public-service employees who identify as a visible minority experience higher rates of discrimination and harassment. In addition, they are most often discriminated against for their race, national or ethnic origin, or colour.

In response to recent events in Canada and around the world, the JLP is currently developing a new guided discussion on anti-racism. This discussion session will create space for federal employees to hold honest discussions and learn about how racism and systemic racism impact individuals, the workplace and society.

The JLP is proud to play a part in nurturing and promoting workplaces that are inclusive, diverse and free of harassment and discrimination. You can find our full list of workshops and our new and upcoming guided discussion series on our website.