Tackling Anti-Black Racism: Partnerships for Impact
McCarthy Tétrault’s award-winning Inclusion Now program is our effort to recruit – but more important, to support, retain and advance – Black, Indigenous, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, people with disabilities, and women.
Our goal is to identify and extricate where there may be unintentional bias in our own policies and practices, and create a deeply inclusive workplace culture where no one has to cover parts of themselves to be successful.
McCarthy Tétrault is proud to be a signatory to the Black North Initiative Law Firm Pledge. We know that Black people continue to be underrepresented in the legal profession, and we are committed to doing our part to tackle this issue. We also understand that, in order to effectively respond to anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and structural racism, it is imperative to partner meaningfully with the community.
This is why, on the heels of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which calls on each of us to stand up against racism, we are proud to announce a five year, $200,000+ investment in a number of Black-led organizations, including:
Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
Black Female Lawyers’ Network (BFLN) (includes a commitment to the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Judge Corinne Sparks Award)
Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA)
Black Future Lawyers (BFL) (in collaboration with 13 other leading law firms)
This investment goes beyond simply a financial commitment, and includes support in the form of pro bono advocacy, governance, fundraising, and continuing legal education for Black law students and lawyers across Canada. Our goal is to build meaningful, long-term relationships with our partners, and assist them with their plans to deepen and scale their organizations.
These community partnerships will complement several internal initiatives we have created. This includes the work of our national Race Action Group and our Reconciliation Committee, our ground-breaking Black and Indigenous Summer Program for 1L law students, internal educational programs on structural and anti-Black racism, and our new mentorship pilot program – Mentorship Plus – for associates who identify as diverse.
If you have any questions regarding McCarthy Tétrault’s Inclusion Now program, or our efforts to tackle anti-Black racism, please contact our Chief Inclusion Officer, Nikki Gershbain at [email protected], or Junior Sirivar, Litigation Partner and Chair of our Race Action Group at [email protected].