Systemic Participation

Black Professionals in Human Resources

Black professionals, members of the HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) came together last month (in February 2022) during Black History Month to discuss the challenges Black HR professionals face, and the difficulties they encounter in trying to facilitate change within corporate HR structures. 

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Anti-Racist Perspectives and Policy Design

Policy responses from governments are designed to address social and economic changes in society. Transformational changes in the areas of racial discrimination, equity, and human rights also fall under this umbrella. But how can governments implement social change in meaningful ways to shape a more inclusive society? As Elevate Policy argues, an anti-racist perspective is needed to shore up action.

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Systemic Participation

Black Representation in the Tech Industry

In the Canadian Tech industry, skilled black tech employees are severely underrepresented. Black workers lack representation in comparison to the entire workforce but also relative to other visible minority groups.

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Systemic Participation

Board Representation & Under-Represented Groups

In 2020, Ryerson’s Diversity Institute conducted a study analyzing the board representation of Black people, other racialized minorities, and women in different sectors. Not surprisingly, this study found that across Canada and in various cities, Black leaders are disproportionately underrepresented.

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Confronting Systemic Racism in the Public Service of Canada

The Public Service of Canada promotes diversity and inclusion as vital to the organization’s values. It also hails itself as a model for employers in removing barriers to participation for Black and Indigenous peoples. Despite the Government of Canada’s declarations to achieve equity in the workforce, a recent class-action suit filed in the Federal Court of Canada on December 2, 2020 reveals the failure of the civil service to live up to its self-professed values. Highlighting the experiences of Black employees, the lawsuit indicates the range of systemic obstacles faced by Black employees in government workplaces.

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The Banking Industry and Increasing Systemic Participation

In the past year-and-a-half, the banking industry has pledged its commitment to increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce. As awareness of systemic inequalities gain traction in the public’s consciousness, employees and consumers are vocalizing their desire to associate with institutions aligned with their values.

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Systemic Participation

Closing the Gaps: The Banking Industry in Canada

The banking industry plays a vital role in helping individuals create generational wealth, maintain economic stability, and achieve economic mobility. (…) However, Black Canadians, who have a long history of independent innovation, face systemic barriers in accessing the financing they need to achieve their financial goals.

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The Indigenous Workforce : An opportunity for change

Empowering the Indigenous workforce to thrive is of vital importance. According to Ryerson’s Diversity Institute and the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB), 350 000 Indigenous peoples, comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, will reach working age in the decade between 2016 and 2026.

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