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Celebrating the rich history and contributions of Black Canadians

January 30, 2024

CODE newsletters are meant to inspire you to reflect on your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, find valuable resources to further action and develop skills needed to facilitate bold change. 

The latest CODE newsletter includes a special focus on Black History Month and features insightful resources to deepen understanding of the significance of Black Canadians in our nation’s history, their cultural impact, and the ongoing work to advance equity and inclusion.  

It also features a blog with Robyn Penner Thiessen on strategies for creating inclusive work environments, the RBC Indigenous Career Fair at RRC Polytechnic, the ADaPT4Success program, and the Diversity Institute’s Assessment Tool.  

Black History Month 

Black History Month is a significant time in Canada for celebrating the rich history and contributions of Black Canadians. It’s a period dedicated to reflection, education, and acknowledgment of the significant contributions of the Black community. Black History Month encourages learning about these stories and recognizing the vital role of Black Canadians in Canada, embodied in the 2024 theme: “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build.”

Beyond celebration, this month also serves as an educational opportunity to address issues of racism and promote diversity and inclusion within Canadian society. Here are some resources to get you started and look out for more resources we will share throughout February!  


  1. About Black History Month
  2. Black History Manitoba Events
  3. Canadian Encyclopedia: Black History in Canada 

A conversation with Robyn Penner Thiessen on insights for transforming the workplace 

We chatted with Robyn Penner Thiessen, owner of Robyn Penner Thiessen Consulting, on valuable strategies and real-life examples for creating a more inclusive work environment. This blog offers in-depth perspectives on the significance of cultural competence, practical recommendations for leaders, and insights into adapting to the evolving workforce. Dive into this read to enhance your understanding of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and be inspired to implement meaningful changes in your organization. 

Read the blog here. 


Save the Date: RBC Indigenous Career Fair at RRC Polytechnic  

The RBC Reaction by Collision Indigenous RRC Polytechnic Career Fair is scheduled for March 21st, providing a unique opportunity for employers to connect with potential hires. Employers interested in participating can register via a link that will be available in February, with spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until full. It’s mandatory for all participating employers to bring a job opening they are actively seeking to fill. 


ADaPT4Success: Bridging diverse talent and SMEs for enhanced workforce skills in Manitoba 

The ADaPT4Success (A4S) program, created by the Diversity Institute, is a federally funded initiative focusing on pairing diverse talent with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in need of employees. It offers self-paced training in essential job skills and provides SMEs the chance to enhance their current workforce’s capabilities in equity, diversity, and inclusion until March 31, 2024. A4S is actively seeking feedback from Manitoba SMEs to better understand how to support their diversity enhancement efforts by connecting them with new talent pools.  

To learn more about the benefits of participation, contact the Diversity Institute’s A4S Manitoba Outreach Coordinator: [email protected] 

Fill out the survey HERE to share your insights right now on how you upskill your current workforce in EDI, how the Diversity Institute can support in filling these gaps, and to add the voice of Manitoba’s businesses to this important work. 


Explore your organization’s diversity practices with the Diversity Institute’s Assessment Tool 

The Diversity Assessment Tool (DAT) is designed as a resource for organizations to evaluate their policies, procedures, and practices, offering insights from other companies to develop strategies that meet legal requirements and foster a welcoming, efficient workplace environment. It includes access to various examples of policies, practices, and tools that might be beneficial. 

After you complete the assessment, you’ll get a tailor-made report that includes an evaluation of your organization’s diversity approach, recommendations for enhancements, and references to best practices for guidance.  

Complete the assessment here: https://ryersontrsm.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zZ2zyFGKSVOZng#06  

Discover more about the 50 – 30 Challenge at www.50-30tools.ca   


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