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The history of colonialism and slavery still impacts Black people in Canada – Policy Options

February 1, 2024

In 2021, the federal government pledged to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive public service by hiring and promoting more Black, Indigenous and racialized people.

Historically, and with some high-profile exceptions, Ottawa’s constellation of government departments and agencies, as well as government-financed institutions, have been lethargic in recruiting and retaining Black minorities.

The problem is cultural. For decades, the sought-after Canadian perspective comprised the narratives of two settler-colonial regimes, English and French, with strong European and American influences. These were overlaid in the last 40 years with a thin veneer of multiculturalism and, more recently, attention to Indigenous issues.

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