In the spirit of solidarity in struggle, PSAC recognizes and celebrates the important past and present contributions of Black people and people of African descent. We also acknowledge the discrimination, barriers and challenges that Black people continue to face in Canada. In December 1995, the federal Parliament officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada, following a motion introduced by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected to the House of Commons. The motion was carried unanimously.
- Read the PSAC statement on Black History Month.
PSAC is encouraging its members to commemorate African Heritage/Black History Month by learning, organizing or participating in events in their workplaces and communities that raise awareness of the struggles and contributions of Black workers or workers of African Heritage in the Canadian labour movement. The PSAC BC Racially Visible Caucus and the Union of National Employees BC and Yukon have created a series of posters, facts, and bookmarks that commemorate labour leaders within the PSAC and the broader labour movement.
We invite you to download the first two in our series, featuring Carl Gannon the National President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees, and Larry Rousseau the PSAC Regional Executive VP for the NCR, below and print them off for your worksite – we’ll be adding more throughout the month.
February 29th update – Download the Hayley Millington, National Equity Representative for Women, Union of National Employees poster/bookmark
February 22nd update – Download the Warren Lester Williams, President Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 15 poster/bookmark.
February 15th update – Download the Celine Ahodekon, National Equity Representative for Racially Visible People, Union of National Employees poster/bookmark.
February 9th update – Download the Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress poster/bookmark.