Government Commitments

Government Commitments to Truth and Reconciliation

Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism

July 7, 2021

The Ministerial Committee on Anti-Racism continues work for further action and community engagement to develop the necessary tools to stop racism in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ministers agree on the following actions:

  • Reviewing legislative provisions to identify options to address hate speech in provincial laws;
  • Launching an anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia public education campaign, in consultation with cultural organizations and community partners; and
  • Commencing a provincial program review to identify and remove systemic racism, in partnership with community representatives.

Actions already underway include:

  • Culture and Diversity are embedded throughout large portions of the K-12 social studies curriculum, with significant focus on the issues of acceptance, understanding, equal rights and the negative impacts of racism, among other related topics. Future curriculum updates will build on these topics with a specific lens of anti-racism; and
  • Intercultural competency and trauma-informed training is offered to justice-sector employees to educate and inform staff and improve the interactions of people within the justice system.