Canada’s Black Justice Strategy: The Framework

As part of their mandate, the external Steering Group for Canada’s Black Justice Strategy developed the Framework, a document to guide consultations and engagements with Black communities.

The Framework provides an overview of Canada’s history, of anti-Black racism in Canada, of key issues to address, and of existing and known gaps in data. It also provides an overview of existing recommendations to address the overrepresentation of Black people in the criminal justice system, including as victims of crime.

Most importantly, the Framework provides insight into the Steering Group’s recommended scope and pillars for Canada’s Black Justice Strategy, as well as guidelines for the 12 Black-led community-based organizations who were leading community engagement from August to October 2023. This included key considerations for engagement, advice on who to consult and key questions to guide their discussions.

Using the Framework, the 12 community-based organizations consulted and engaged with Black people from their regions across Canada and will report back to the external Steering Group with the outcomes of their discussions. The Framework also informed an online survey developed by Justice Canada for people who were unable to participate in community consultations and engagements that was available for input until October 20, 2023.

Read the full Framework here: