Statement on Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and honour the contributions to our society made by Black people and Black communities. The civil rights and organized labour movements have been intertwined for decades – many of the things we have advocated for have been the same - including livable wages, fair working conditions, and good benefits.

Canada’s Building Trades Unions are proudly celebrating Black History Month by highlighting partner organizations and initiatives that support Black workers in the Canadian unionized skilled trades.

Black History Month was officially recognized by the House of Commons in 1995. While Canada has increased diversity and equality since then, we still have a long way to go. CBTU does not tolerate racism whatsoever, in any form, and are committed to continuing to advocate for diversity and equality in the skilled trades. 

-Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions

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