Truth and reconciliation: conversations for CUPE members

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

Event details:

The webinar will be followed by moderated Q&A sessions
ASL and live captioning will be provided
Registration required. All welcome
Register here

More information here

Update for Stewards

CUPE 23 Stewards are now required to use the CUPE Grievance investigation form and checklist when initiating a member complaint or concern. You learned about the “Grievance Fact Sheet” in your Steward training. It walks you through getting all the relevant information so you can best represent our members. Effective and efficient information gathering really helps speed processes up, especially as issues get passed from you to the officers who will handle them. This form will be linked on our Resources page and can also be found on the CUPE.ca website any time – go to Member Resources -> Resources for Stewards.

Black Shirt Day – Jan. 15

The CUPE 23 Executive Board has voted to support the call for Jan. 15 to be declared Black Shirt Day in BC schools in recognition of the struggle for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians. We encourage members to wear a black shirt on Jan. 15 in support.

In British Columbia, thousands of students wear pink shirts in support of anti-bullying. Orange Shirt Day has also been introduced across Canadian schools, where students wear orange shirts in solidarity with Indigenous victims of the residential school system.

ARC Vancouver is petitioning for Black Shirt Day to be introduced in BC, in recognition of the struggle for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians. We propose that Black Shirt Day be established on January 15th, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

We believe this will be an important step in raising greater awareness of the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights faced by Black and racialized Canadians, and help to foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.

We hereby petition the British Columbia Ministry of Education to designate Friday, January 15th, 2021, as Black Shirt Day in recognition of the struggle for civil rights of Black and racialized Canadians.

We are aiming to have 10,000 signatures on the petition. If spreading the word of our petition on social media, please use #BlackShirtDay. Thank you for your support.