Addressing Employment Barriers Faced by Black People in the Public Service: Meaningful Retention (INC1-E27)

Product code: INC1-E27

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February 02, 2023

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages. American Sign Language and langue des signes québécoise interpretation will be provided. Communication access real-time translation (CART) services will be provided.

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Recent studies reveal that many Black employees are affected by racial bias, systemic racism and discrimination in the workplace. These barriers can negatively affect their experiences and hinder their career advancement, putting them at a greater disadvantage than other racialized groups.

In support of the Clerk of the Privy Council's Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service and in recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Canada School of Public Service is presenting three events focusing on key stages of the employment process: recruitment, career advancement, and retention.

This final event in a three-part series will focus on the retention and meaningful engagement of Black federal public servants and how to contribute to an equitable and supportive workplace where all employees feel valued. Participants will learn about the factors that can adversely affect Black public servants and panellists will share practical tools and strategies for hiring managers, HR specialists and leaders to use in removing barriers and creating a climate of trust, belonging and equity for employees of African descent. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

This event is part of the Canada School of Public Service's Anti-Racism Event Series. It is presented in partnership with the Black Executives Network, the Federal Black Employee Caucus, and the Department of Justice Canada, as well as the Black Employees Networks at Health Canada and Shared Services Canada.

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Event Series and Anti Racism Learning Series.



Paule-Anny Pierre, Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General of Canada

jeewan chanicka, Director of Education for the Waterloo Region District School Board

Mamy Kalambay, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist

Ian Skinner, Former Executive Director, Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination, Health Canada (Retired)



Aïchatou Touré, Team Lead and Senior Analyst, Learning on Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, Canada School of Public Service

Date modified: 2023-02-01