We, the Nuclear Industry, stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities across the world in the unquestionable proclamation that the lives of BIPOC Matter.
Anti-racism is an active way of seeing and being in the world, in order to transform it. It means to go from just being "not racist" and to act with the purpose of identifying and eliminating racism. Anti-racism isn't a label for oneself, it is in one's actions.
As members of the nuclear industry we must acknowledge that we have been complacent, that our current diversity and inclusion initiatives don't go far enough to address the complex issues of systemic racism and injustice. The leadership of our industry does not represent the diversity of our communities. As an industry we can, and must, do more.
Similarly, as individuals we must acknowledge that we exist in a racist society and as a result hold racial biases whether we are aware of them or not. Rather than ignore the reality of racism, we are responsible to self-reflect and be vulnerable. Only from this we can start to be anti-racist.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
GOALS OF THIS INITIATIVE
• Commitment from organizations in the nuclear industry to sign on to the Black North Initiative pledge and to work towards meeting the pledge commitments.
• Commitment from organizations in the industry to actively incorporate antiracism education and learning about the history and impact of racism and other forms of systemic inequity.
• Sharing of events, resources, and other industry learning opportunities with the broader group.
• Sharing of the successful and unsuccessful practices with each other to help everyone evolve and enhance their current diversity, equity & inclusion strategies.
• Amplify and share the voices and experiences of BIPOC within our industry.
• Showcase the diversity within our industry, and what organizations and individuals are doing to promote diversity and antiracist action.
• As a group, develop specific targets around diversification industry wide (i.e. equal by 30).
For the Nuclear Industry
• Black and Indigenous people account for less than 3% of nuclear engineers in the North America. 
• In Canada today, women make up less than a quarter of those employed in STEM careers and less than 20% of the nuclear sector’s workforce. This represents a large untapped resource. 
• While Indigenous peoples make up 4.9 per cent of the population in Canada, Indigenous students only account for 0.5 per cent of total undergraduate enrolment in engineering programs and 0.5 per cent of undergraduate degrees awarded. 
• Black people in Toronto are up to 20 times more likely to be shot dead by police than white people. 
• The data shows that black youth are keen to achieve a higher education. Nearly 94 per cent of black young people aged 15 to 25 surveyed in 2015 said they would like to complete a university degree, but only 59.9% thought it was possible. 
• Hate crimes targeting Indigenous peoples in Canada increased by 17% between 2016 and 2018. 
• Indigenous women were 12 times more likely to go missing or be murdered than any other demographic group in Canada. 
Each element represents a difference piece of the human experience.
Addressing only one or two of these creates shortcomings and barriers which prevents someone from gaining the full human experience - a sense of belonging.
It is important that we as an industry ensure that all three elements (equity, inclusion, and diversity) are focused on when formulating our goals.
Let's make sure we are looking at the big picture.
IF YOU ARE AN ORGANIZATION
That would like to be involved and learn more about this initiative, please contact Margaret McBeath at NPX
Nuclear Against Racism wants to spotlight what organizations in the nuclear industry are doing to mitigate change in their workplace and beyond.