Black players are not just athletes, they are people first, and we shouldn’t expect them to pretend they don’t feel the emotional devastation of seeing their brothers and sisters shot for the colour of their skin.
Diversity and Inclusion in our Unions
The questionnaire asks if you have experienced discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or language, and whether this has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a society, we need to now respond effectively to, and then recover from, the COVID crisis, but we must do so in a way that does not just return us to the unsustainable old normal.
The report provides a deep dive into the survey responses, and explores how Canada’s ongoing history of settler colonialism and policies of racial discrimination connect to the realities of the workplace.
It’s not good enough to just be not racist; to be an ally—you must be actively anti-racist.
Results will be used by government organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, and other types of organizations, to evaluate the delivery of health and social services and economic support, and to ensure best practices are adopted when reopening workplaces and public spaces.
“This National Indigenous Peoples Day, in the midst of protests by social movements around the world, we must work even harder with our allies to ensure our Indigenous sisters and brothers enjoy the equity and social justice we continue to strive for.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The issue of child care is this generation’s medicare story, and we’ve got to get it done.” — Armine Yalnizyan
"This paper is one step of many that NUPGE will be taking on the topic of COVID-19 and income inequality. We know more work needs to be done on specific needs for different vulnerable populations. The problems facing our northern Indigenous communities are going to be different from the problems facing a new immigrant family who reside in the Greater Toronto Area. We want to make sure everyone's voice is heard and their needs addressed. We hope this paper helps our lawmakers to understand the complexity of how COVID-19 affects different social and economic groups and encourages them to take further action." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The truth is that young people are not behaving differently than Canadians in other age groups.