Racism at work: ‘Get comfortable with being uncomfortable’

posted on December 22, 2020

December 14, 2020

By , Human Resources Director

Canada is often considered a shining beacon of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
In fact, many Canadians believe that racism isn’t an issue for us.
Not so.

It’s fair to say that, when compared with other countries, Canada is a liberal, free, and welcoming nation. But make no mistake about it – whether overt or subtle, intentional or unintentional, racism lives here.

HRD spoke to Tamisha Parris, founder of diversity-consulting firm Parris Consulting and author of UKG’s recent whitepaper, Combatting Racism in the Workplace.

“There is often a misconception that Canada is free from racism and never had slavery,” she told HRD. “This is likely due to our well-known association with the ‘Underground Railroad,’ a covert system of routes and safe houses where slaves escaped the horrendous conditions in the U.S. and fled to Canada.”

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