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The problem requires not only validation that it exists but an equal effort to diminish prejudicial behavior among employers, co-workers and clients.
Sharon Grant Montreal Publisher's note: Added to this is the meeting last month of the National Council of Visible Minorities of the Public Service of Canada with every level of the Federal Government present.
The federal government has policies to ensure its workplaces better represent four disadvantaged groups - women, aboriginals, the disabled and visible minorities.
The study found that visible minorities across the country reported few obstacles to getting hired.
The Nova Scotia capital has come under national scrutiny in recent years after critics complained of institutional prejudice against blacks. Stanley Boyd is an eighth generation African Canadian journalist.Among his ancestors is one of the first settlers of Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.The draft study, commissioned by a federal agency, was based on focus-group sessions with dozens of visible minority workers employed in the federal public service.The sessions - held in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax last March - were conducted by Environics Research Group.
A few visible minority participants reported problems in Edmonton, but most of the complaints were about Halifax."Many working in Halifax felt that the process for moving people into supervisory roles or into management is stacked against visible minority applicants," Environics was told during its March 18 session in the city."Participants in Halifax were the most vocal about the slow acceptance - or even lack of acceptance - by employers in the region of visible minority employees based on skills-credentials.