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Addressing Employment Barriers Faced by Black People in the Public Service: Career Advancement


Recent studies reveal that many Black employees are affected by racial bias, systemic racism and discrimination in the workplace. These barriers can negatively affect their experiences and hinder their career advancement, putting them at a greater disadvantage than other racialized groups.

In support of the Clerk of the Privy Council's Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service and in recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Canada School of Public Service is presenting three events focusing on key stages of the employment process: recruitment, career advancement and retention.

This second of three events will highlight the unique challenges that many Black federal public servants experience when it comes to their career development and progression. Panellists will share practical tools and strategies for hiring managers, HR specialists and leaders to address inequities and advance systemic change by increasing representation at all levels. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

This event is part of the Anti-Racism Event Series and is presented in partnership with the Black Executives Network, the Federal Black Employee Caucus, the Department of Justice Canada, as well as the Black Employees Networks at Health Canada and Shared Services Canada.

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Event Series and Anti‑Racism Learning Series.

Opening Remarks

Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet


  • Dr. Rachel Zellars, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Justice and Community Studies, St. Mary's University
  • Douglas Hill, Grievance and Adjudication Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada


Trudy Samuel, Executive Lead, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Natural Resources Canada

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