Hudson’s Bay Company launches ‘Charter for Change’ to fund racial equity projects across Canada

Canada’s oldest company is committing $30 million for a variety of organizations serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour over the next 10 years.

Why It Matters

Hudson’s Bay Company was deeply involved in British colonialism across a third of what is now Canada for 200 years. The company’s monopoly was based on the racist ‘doctrine of discovery’ and helped to destroy traditional Indigenous ways of life.

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