We are often asked – how can we fight back against anti-Muslim hate and break down system-wide barriers that put Muslims at a disadvantage?

One way to answer that is to highlight a very disturbing fact: there is a severe lack of representation of Muslim Canadians within the Canadian Public Service system.  Yes, the Government of Canada is in fact the largest single employer in Canada. Departments within the Government that impact Muslims the most, such as Global Affairs Canada; the Department of National Defence; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada; and Employment and Social Development Canada, among others, lack proportional Muslim representation. Thus, we are faced with a reality where non-Muslim public servants are creating, designing and implementing policies that impact us.

Luckily for us, an opportunity exists that allows us to change this fact and have a stronger voice in the system. On November 2, the Canadian Government began its annual public service recruitment campaign for post-secondary students and graduates. The campaign will end on November 30. The only criteria, as listed on the Government’s website, is to have a college diploma or university degree (or will graduate by June 2023) – regardless of the year you graduated or your country of education.

We have a successful local example of this:  Hikma’s advocacy co-ordinator, Muhammad Awawdeh, is also a policy analyst for Federal Cabinet Affairs and works in the Cabinet Briefings and Strategic Policy branch within Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). He understands how this program works and can assist with the application process.  The application can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/recruitment/graduates/post-secondary-recruitment.html

If interested and you have any questions, please reach out to Muhammad at mawawdeh@hikma.ca as soon as possible to ensure that we increase Muslim representation within the Government of Canada.

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