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Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion: A Year After George Floyd


The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020 ignited a global reckoning for the systemic racism and inequalities endured by Black communities across North America. Conversations previously held in community and allied spaces became mainstream overnight, with governments, businesses and individuals reflecting on their roles and the actions needed to better confront and combat inequality, discrimination and anti-Black racism.

This event will bring together public service leaders to discuss the actions and initiatives that the federal public service has taken in the last year on addressing the harmful impacts of systemic racism, discrimination, and hatred on Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

Participants will learn about the current challenges, reflect on lessons learned so far, and look ahead to the work that remains to be done. A live Q&A period will follow the panel discussion, during which participants may pose questions to the panelists about the current and future initiatives.

This event is part of the Canada School of Public Service's Anti-Racism Event Series and will be an annual event featuring deputy ministers and other representatives from across the federal public service who will share their organizations' actions towards achieving a truly equitable, diverse and inclusive public service.

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


  • Bill Matthews, Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and Deputy Receiver General for Canada
  • Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister, National Defence
  • Caroline Xavier, Associate Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Darren Ruck, Senior Human Resources Advisor, Public Services and Procurement Canada


Myriam Montrat, Head of the Anti-Racism Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada

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