Petition for Racial Justice in Nunavut

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Please see below for the complete text of the petition sponsored by the Nunavut Black History Society to be presented to the Government of Nunavut To add your name to this petition, please visit​

Please note that according to the Black History Society the text below is currently in translation. Inuktitut and French versions will also be available.



1. Implement a Mental Health First Aid Course specifically for People of African Descent to deal with the trauma of recent events
1.1 We request that the GN provides this course for People of African descent by upingaksaaq 2021 and that participants in the course be provided paid professional development
2. Review new and existing mental health strategies to ensure they include programs for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
3. Create prevention programs on anti-Black and anti-Inuit racism, bullying, and systemic discrimination
4. Include Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) data in all health records, to the extent possible, in alignment with privacy laws and policies


5. The GN should review and enforce Acts and regulations to make racial discrimination a punishable offence
6. Support the federal "Motion M-36, Emancipation Day, 43rd Parliament, 1st Session" to recognize Emancipation Day in Canada


7. Implement and support anti-oppression and Equity training for all GN Employees
7.1 The GN implements and supports an anti-oppression and equity training program in the workplace, to address the issue of anti-Black and anti-Inuit racism and other forms of discrimination by upingaksaaq 2021
7.2 The GN immediately implements a cultural humility/sensitivity training paired with an anti-racism mentorship program for all levels of management and staff about BIPOC subcultures
8. Create Culturally Relevant Education & Learning Programs in Nunavut for preschool, K-12, and Adult Learners
8.1 Ensure representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) among all employee levels, including senior management
8.2 Include a course, or a program of study, on the history of BIPOC cultures and contributions to Nunavut and Northern Canada
8.3 Introduce accountability mechanisms for inclusive education practices to ensure that BIPOC racial discrimination is eliminated
8.4 Revise all educational material to eliminate racially offensive and derogatory content


9. Fully implement Restorative Justice to support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in the Justice System
9.1 The GN should commit to restorative justice, as it applies to Community Justice, Court Services, and Corrections, in support of and in solidarity with the Inuit majority
9.2 Develop a Joint Government of Nunavut and Civilian Policing Oversight Committee, independent of law enforcement-related individuals
9.3 Commit resources to support traditional community justice initiatives
9.4 Revise policies to ensure BIPOC relevance, representation, and inclusiveness
10. Actively support, promote, and engage with all recommendations from: the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP); the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC); the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC); and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), including 2SLGBTQQIA people.


11. Employment Equity and Fair Employee Representation to counter racism and oppression against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)
11.1 The Department of Human Resources of the GN should consider implementation of an improved and robust employee-relations division to oversee fair review of job complaints, with a context of eliminating racism, discrimination, prejudice, and harassment of BIPOC
11.2 Create a new Diversity Officer position and staff it on a permanent basis, after conducting baseline research on BIPOC experiences
11.3 The Department of Human Resources and relevant departments undertake a revision of the Code of Values and Ethics, workplace harassment policy, hiring policies, associated legislation, and other relevant documents to ensure workplace equity for BIPOC
11.4 Ensure that all workplace racism and harassment complaints by BIPOC are dealt with in a timely, transparent, and confidential manner to avoid retaliation
11.5 The Department of Human Resources commits to collect disaggregated data on the ethnic make-up of its workforce (to include specific data on BIPOC subgroups) and instances of racism and discrimination

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