About the Action Committees
The Public Service Pride Action Committees (ACs) form an important part of the broader Public Service Pride Network, which exists to support the advancement of diversity and inclusion related to LGBTQ2+ persons across the federal public service, year round.
Through standing and ad hoc committees, the ACs are intended to enrich ongoing efforts and discussions by bringing the lived experiences of LGBTQ2+ individuals into the discussion in a structured manner.
What the ACs do
Support the work of the Public Service Pride Network
Provide a safe forum for LGBTQ2+ employees and their allies to connect and discuss issues related to the promotion of a healthy and inclusive work environment for LGBTQ2+ employees
Serve as a consultative body from an LGBTQ2+ lens and will raise awareness on issues that impact LGBTQ2+ employees in the public service
Amplify diverse voices and tear down the systemic barriers to reaching a truly inclusive workplace by serving as a consultative body and a guiding force in building an innovative, professional and respectful organization
Policy Action Committee
- Creating a standardized policy for gender pronouns on email signature blocs;
- Writing recommendations for LGBTQ2+ training offered to public servants.
Events and Engagement Action Committee
- Planning and coordinating events to celebrate the resilience, spirit and contributions of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada, promote dialogue across communities and create awareness of significant milestones for the LGBTQ2+ community;
- Fostering collaboration and engagement among departments to promote LGBTQ2+ events across the federal public service;
- Exploring panel discussion opportunities for the Fall.
Communications Action Committee
- Planning communications for Public Service Pride Network (PSPN) initiatives and activities;
- Consulting and developing comprehensive, consistent key messages and FAQs on LGBTQ2+ communities in the public service for use and reference by all Government of Canada (GC) departments and agencies;
- Creating and publishing social media content on PSPN platforms; communicating availability of social media platforms to all GC departments and agencies for specific messaging;
- Supporting and advising other PSPN action committees on communications issues.
Ad Hoc Committees
- Providing professional development opportunities to LGBTQ2+ employees.
- Working to operationally define “inclusion” for the LGBTQ2+ community in the public service;
- Researching pre-existing data collections to uncover opportunities to measure inclusion;
- Establishing indicators that uphold the definition;
- Researching current scholarship on inclusion to advise the definition.
- Coordinating the promotion and national representation of Pride Season activities, events and initiatives.