In honour of the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, CUPE National hosted a virtual discussion on reconciliation. The panelists provided a powerful conversation touching on their own personal experiences, the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and the legacy of residential schools. Here’s the recording from YouTube.
Please note that the Inside Steward meeting date is changed to Tuesday, Oct 19th at noon via ZOOM
September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. All CUPE 23 members are encouraged to honour it through personal reflection, taking opportunities to listen and support Indigenous folks in your community, purchasing and wearing orange from Indigenous owned businesses and donating where you can. We also encourage conversations with colleagues, family and friends as learning is best done together.
Tuesday, September 28 – 6pm
Truth and reconciliation: conversations for CUPE members
How can CUPE members contribute to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous people? What can we learn from Indigenous CUPE members and their experiences and activism? And how can we support the fight for justice for today’s generation of Indigenous children and youth?
These and other questions will be addressed at a free, national webinar hosted by CUPE’s Human Rights Branch, in collaboration with Union Education.
What: A Conversation about Truth and Reconciliation for CUPE members
When: Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 PM
Register in advance here.
Who: Event speakers include:
- Debra Merrier, Diversity Vice-President for Indigenous Workers, CUPE National Executive Board
- John Brady McDonald, Senator, CUPE Saskatchewan Indigenous Council Committee
- Mark Hancock, National President, and Charles Fleury, National Secretary-Treasurer, will provide opening remarks and introduce Elder Thomas Louttit.
- Moderator: Dana Wesley, Senior Officer (Indigenous Issues), CUPE Human Rights Branch
The webinar will be followed by moderated Q&A sessions
ASL and live captioning will be provided
Registration required. All welcome
Earlier this year, CUPE’s National Executive Board created a National Safe Union Spaces Working Group to address serious concerns about gender-based violence and other forms of harassment and discrimination in our union.
The Working Group, advised by expert external consultants, has been reviewing CUPE’s existing tools and processes, identifying gaps where we need changes or additional resources to ensure safer union spaces.
As part of this important effort, the Working Group is launching a survey.
CUPE encourages all members to participate in this survey. The survey will help us identify actions we can take and policies we can adopt to make CUPE more welcoming for all members.
The survey closes September 28.