Black History Month: Fighting anti-Black racism in the workplace

February 2, 2022

Black History Month is a time to honour and celebrate Black people’s past and present accomplishments, their contributions to Canadian society, and their ongoing struggle for equity. This is a time to reflect on the strength and resiliency of people of African and Caribbean descent in Canada, while committing to fight against systemic discrimination and racism in our communities.

From creating one of Canada’s first trade-labour schools in 1842, to launching a class action lawsuit challenging racism in Canada’s public service today, Black workers and labour activists were instrumental in shaping the Canadian labour movement from which we continue to benefit.

Workers’ rights and workplaces in Canada have been greatly advanced through their courage and perseverance, and Black History Month is a time to recognize and give thanks for their leadership and those victories.

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