On February 15, our attention was drawn to the opening of Canadian School of Public Service (CSPS), a government agency, online sessions with a prayer. The person who drew this to our attention attended a “Let’s Talk” event sponsored by CSPS and was surprised that it was opened with a four-minute aboriginal prayer. When he wrote to object, the reply implied that he was racist because the prayer happened to be imposed by an aboriginal, but completely ignored the problem with opening the session with a prayer. He supplied SCS with other examples of similar use of prayers to open CSPS sessions.
SCS has written an email to the principal of CSPS to object to the use of prayers by a government agency (part of the Treasury Board of Canada) and to object to the treatment given to our fellow non-believer. We await his reply the content of which will determine whether we escalate this to the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Youth Development and Inclusion.