OTTAWA, February 28, 2018—The Federation of Black Canadians (FBC FCN) applauds the 2018 Federal Budget and its over $214 million investment earmarked for a variety of initiatives designed to remove racial barriers, promote gender equality, combat homo- and trans-phobia and enhance the quality of life of Black Canadians. In this, the Federation of Black Canadians is heartened to see that the budget employs an anti-oppression and intersectional lens to prioritize measures that promote equality while enhancing prosperity for all Canadians. A historic first, “Equality Growth: A Strong Middle Class” constitutes the first time a federal budget explicitly acknowledges the unique and specific challenges faced by Black Canadians and commits substantial amounts to addressing them.
“Minister Morneau’s 2018 budget is a powerful testament to how organizing in the Black community can drive government priorities at the highest level of our society. Whether through the National Summit of Black Canadians, “Advocacy Day”, our meetings with federal officials to present our National Working Paper, or countless grassroots initiatives spearheaded across the country, yesterday’s series of “firsts” demonstrates what can be achieved, when we federate our efforts to affect change,” said Justice Donald McLeod, the Chair of the FBC FCN Steering Committee. “The Federation of Black Canadians looks forward to continuing working with Black community organizations, government agencies, foundations, businesses and other sectors to dismantle the systemic barriers impeding Canadians of African descent from reaching their highest potential.”
The 2018 Federal Budget comes on the heels of the historic endorsement of the International Decade for People of African Descent by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on January 30, 2018. The International Decade was ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. It sets out a 10-year timeframe to see member States guarantee the rights of people of African descent and ensure their full and equal participation in all aspects of society. Highlighting the impact of anti-Black and systemic racism in Canadian society, the Prime Minister described his endorsement as a launching pad for the government of Canada to fulfill the objectives laid out in the International Decade Programme of Activities over the course of the next six years.
While saluting the 2018 budget, the Federation of Black Canadians will continue expressing its concerns to government officials about a variety of issues of concern to Black Canadians, including the case of Abdoul Abdi (a young man of Somali origin facing deportation under problematic circumstances) and asylum seekers arriving in Canada “irregularly.”
About the Federation of Black Canadians
The Federation of Black Canadians (FBC FCN) is a national, non-profit organization, driven by Black organizations across the country. The non-profit advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent. FBC FCN is a national organization that partners with Black communities, organizations and people in 13 provinces and territories across Canada. It advocates with them to governments, parliaments, multilateral organizations, businesses and faith-driven organizations. The FBC FCN is politically non-partisan.
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For more information, please contact:
Dahabo Ahmed Omer
Communications Lead (Ottawa)
Federation of Black Canadians