"The former government spent 16 years balancing the books by eroding public services, and this government has clearly signalled a new approach that reflects a number of priorities the BCGE/NUPGEU has identified in our budget submissions." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"He touched the lives of thousands of workers, at the bargaining table and at the provincial legislature. John's passion for equality and fairness inspired so many to follow in his footsteps." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We need more than just words to show that the government respects our Charter and provides equal opportunity for economic and social justice for everyone. We need a government that looks for every opportunity to make fairness and equality central to its business." Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“When it comes down to it, this is about the need for stable, predictable funding for our First Nations communities." —Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"Canada must act to address the historical wrongs that have been perpetrated against Indigenous people. Furthermore, we must act to stop the continued discrimination that exists." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
First Nations and union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring B.C. government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories(09 Feb. 2016) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.
"The Canada I want to be a part of is respectful to us as a people. It’s a new Canada today, and it’s a better Canada because it now includes us." — Chief Joe Alphonse, Tl’etinqox Government, Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chairman.