February is Black History Month, a time for reflecting on the many contributions Black people have made and continue to make to Canadian communities. The strength, resiliency, and courage demonstrated through the stories of Black Canadians like Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, and acclaimed poet and playwright George Elliot Clarke, who wrote Rollcall at the request of the Government of Canada for Canada’s 150 celebration, continue to teach the impact day-to-day interactions can have on generations to come. Their stories inspire reflection on where Canada is and the work that still needs to happen.
As our agency continues to strive to achieve its mission to ensure the safety and well-being of children and strengthen families through partnership, we will continue to develop closer relationships with members of the African-Canadian community in the Peel Region through our developed collaboration with the Black Community Action Network (BCAN), as well as other community groups serving the Black community.
“As we deepen our work together, we will also continue our efforts to implement recommendations from the One Vision One Voice initiative,” says Jean Samuel, Peel CAS Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. “The agency will use a strength-based, holistic, anti-racist/anti-oppressive approach, to work to establish concrete strategies that provide better services and supports to our African-Canadian families.”