June 26, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to taking action against racism and discrimination in all its forms—whether online, on Canada’s streets, or in the workplace.
Today, at the Chinese Canadians Leaders’ Summit of the Action, Chinese Canadians Together (ACCT) Foundation, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, affirmed the importance of diversity, inclusion, and representation in all aspects of society, especially within government.
During a panel discussion with Lai-King Hum, founder of Hum Law and Deputy Judge; Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; Kathy Cheng, President of WS & Co.; and Yung Wu, CEO of MaRs Discovery District, Minister Ng highlighted the significant contributions people of Asian descent have made in Canada historically, are making presently, and will continue to make for generations to come.
The Minister underscored that people of Asian descent in Canada do not only aspire to lead: they are already leaders across the country in business, government, academia, and community organizations.
Minister Ng expressed her commitment to continue fighting racism and discrimination on behalf of all Canadians and to using every opportunity to encourage Canadians of all backgrounds to get involved in this effort.
The Government of Canada recognises the unequal impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on certain Canadians, emphasizing the unacceptable rise in harassment and attacks against people of Asian descent in Canada. That is why the Government has invested $11 million over two years to expand the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to support all racialized communities, including by helping establish a national coalition to support Asian Canadians.