Racism

PSAC is committed to fighting racism and promoting employment equity – in the workplaces we represent, within our own union and in society at large. When our members experience discrimination on the job, we file grievances and fight for their rights in the courts and at human rights commissions. Our union also provides opportunities for racially visible PSAC members network and engage in political action.

April 30, 2018
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the long and rich history of Canadians of Asian heritage and their contributions to Canada. It is also an opportunity to understand some of the challenges facing racialized people of Asian descent in Canada. History of racial discrimination Since the 1800s, immigrants of Asian descent faced racism and discrimination in the forms of restrictive immigration laws, the denial of their right to vote, segregation and other basic human rights abuses.
February 1, 2018
PSAC joins all those celebrating Black History Month by acknowledging the contributions of Black Canadians across the country and throughout our history.
December 12, 2017
The Joint Union/Management TBS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion released its final report. The Task Force had a one-year mandate to define, establish the case, and make recommendations towards a framework and action plan to improve  diversity and inclusion in Canada’s public service. Diversity and inclusion, along with strong employment equity initiatives, are critical to removing systemic barriers and having a workplace that is respectful and free of discrimination and harassment.
December 10, 2017
Human rights cannot be taken for granted. Support Indigenous rights, work for trans rights, stop domestic violence, reject racism, take action on accessibility legislation.
August 15, 2017
The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has exposed some of the worst forms of racism and hatred. Hundreds of white supremacists marched with Nazi symbols and salutes and clashed with counter-protesters; three people were left dead and dozens injured. PSAC stands with the victims of this violence. This is the most recent culmination of a political climate in the US that has opened the door for many of these extremist groups to openly express hatred.
July 26, 2017
1.Organizing an effective movement To bring about effective change, racially visible members need to be engaged and involved in their workplaces, unions and communities. This workshop will provide tools to motivate our members to work with community activists and take action on issues that affect our communities. Handouts
June 19, 2017
This progress update outlines the Task Force’s key observations that will shape a framework and action plan to address the Task Force’s work before it issues its final report in fall 2017.
May 2, 2017
PSAC’s 2017 National Equity Conference was held last March in Toronto, where delegates from five equity groups held workshops, passed resolution and elected delegates to PSAC’s Triennial Convention. Here are some photos from the event. For more photos from the conference, please visit our Flickr gallery.  
April 27, 2017
Asian Heritage Month was first officially recognized in December 2001, when the Canadian Senate adopted the month of May as Asian Heritage Month.
April 19, 2017
What impact will this year’s federal budget have on human rights and equity issues: women, immigration and refugees, people with disabilities, LGBTQ issues and Indigenous Peoples.

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