Black History Month 2017

February 2, 2017 - Diversity, tolerance, and equality for all are some of the fundamental principles of Canada.

During the month of February we recognize Black History Month, a month which focuses on the struggles and successes of our black communities.

It is essential for unions to continue to promote inclusivity and equality in our work places, and in our communities. Part of this is to help in electing governments who will protect the rights and freedoms of minorities and who support policies that ensure we continue to foster diversity.

It is especially important during these times of uncertainty, where divisive and fear mongering rhetoric is being normalized, that we be extra vigilant in promoting diversity and standing up for targeted minorities. Part of being a good ally is to educate oneself on social issues affecting the communities.

The Canadian Labour Congress is hosting a Working While Black webinar series, an educational and interactive webinar series for workers of colour and allies. For more information about the webinar and register online click here.

More information on Black History Month is available on the Government of Canada website which includes organizations and educational resources, key events in Black Canadian history, and biographies on notable Black Canadians. Recently our Canadian currency was updated to include Viola Davis Desmond on our $10 bill to promote the visibility of our Black Canadian history.

Throughout the month there will also be an array of festivities and events that acknowledge the accomplishments and the legacy of Black Canadians, both past and present. Members are encouraged to attend events in your communities.

In solidarity,

Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944