What are your experiences as a Black or Indigenous person in Canadian workforce?
With the recent waves of police brutality in the USA (despite this going on for years) and Canada, how do you feel in your current role / career / industry? Any stories you care to share based on what you’ve experienced?
I keep seeing a lot of token gestures to make the brand look good, but still a far ways from what is actually needed.
I’ll start on what I’ve noticed in the past decade or so in my career.
- Mediocrity is celebrated, but you have to work 10* harder and still get passed on promotions. For some reason, there’s a believe that Black people specifically don’t want to start families, own a home, build equity, and thrive so they’re giving token awards to feel good but not the monetary benefits they deserve
- Frontline and entry level roles continue to be where “diversity” is met on the company mission. Talented people both old and young are not giving the opportunities or tools to move up, this was depressing when I first entered the workforce.
- White women have now become the standard for diversifying boards with more women. Women of colour, and specifically Black women, are still treated as lesser than.
- People speak a lot on other issues in their home countries, but when it pertains to Black and Indigenous they become silent or very hostile towards them