May 12, 2021 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
“Diversity, inclusion and belonging are a pivotal part of our Canadian identity, which is why our government has pledged to address systemic racism, including barriers faced by Black Canadians, and is taking concrete actions to do so. Today’s launch is another important step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the new members of the External Reference Group as we continue to build capacity for organizations serving Black communities across Canada.” – Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Culled from Employment and Social Development Canada
In Canada, diversity is our strength. That’s why the Government of Canada is building on progress under its Anti-Racism Strategy by demonstrating federal leadership, empowering Black communities, and building awareness and changing attitudes.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched a call for applications for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative’s (SBCCI) newly created External Reference Group (ERG).
ERG members will support the Initiative’s work to help build capacity within communities by providing strategic advice, expertise and insight on the priorities of Black Canadians.
The group will include up to 15 members of African descent drawn from the not-for-profit, education, public and private sectors. In recognition of the diversity of Canada’s Black communities and to ensure a wide range of perspectives are brought to bear, members will reflect diverse ethno-cultural, gender, regional and linguistic backgrounds. The Government encourages Black Canadians aged 18 and older from across the country to apply, including women and youth. Members will serve two-year terms, with the possibility of extensions by one-year increments.
Apply to become a member of the External Reference Group – Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by May 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT, by consulting Canada.ca.