​Racially Visible Persons Representative, Neha Channan (February 2020)

Neha Channan
Racially Visible Persons Rep 
Prairie Region Council February 2020

After chairing the steering committee and helping to organize and conclude the Racially Visible Conference, held in Calgary from November 1 to November 4, 2019, I put together a network of contacts who were all interested in working towards racially visible priorities within their workplaces, as this was identified as lacking for this equity group. The steering committee will be holding a follow-up meeting with the regional PSAC staff, once they are able to provide availability to us, to identify the successes, shortfalls, and follow-up on the take home activity with participants. More information will be available.

I was selected as a steering committee member for the 2020 PSAC National Equity Conferences, which will be held in October 2020. I was selected to be a member of the working group, as a racially visible representative, to attend an in person day and a half meeting in Ottawa. Our role was to contribute to the political tone of the conference, and make recommendations to the alliance executive committee on the theme, objectives, workshop topics and potential speakers. We provided input on emerging questions and problems regarding issues, relate these to PSAC’s vision and priorities and discuss our possible roles during the conference itself. Our working group was able to create three workshops from scratch, which consisted of input from our regions’ members, and related to the political and relevant issues facing racially visible members in the country. Further conference calls will be scheduled to organize the conference.

Should you have any questions about my report, please contact me directly. 

January 28 to 29 – Racially Visible Group Steering Committee Meeting in Ottawa

In Solidarity, 
Neha Channan