“Climate change is the crisis of our time. We need to continue to build the awareness and sense of urgency in order to force our governments to seriously act.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
We have a long way to go before we can create a truly equitable society. An equitable society will not happen without reconciliation. — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
The Sisters in Spirit is a national event held annually on October 4 to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two spirit, and gender-diverse people.
We must also make space for Indigenous people in our unions. This includes reevaluating union practices and traditions that might other members, or prevent them from fully participating in the union, or from joining union management as elected officers and members of staff.
If you were part of the protest and you made no move to counter the disgusting behaviour, if you knew this was happening and you stayed because you were having so much fun, as one protester put it, then you were part of the problem.
"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Poverty, food insecurity, unsafe drinking water, lack of education, unsafe housing conditions, poor health, substance abuse, and over incarceration—these problems feed into each other and create a web of inequality for Indigenous people.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"NUPGE urges governments to act to meet their human rights obligations on this International Day for Human Rights and to understand that these obligations go beyond their borders." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Days away from the United Nations climate conference, we are at a critical juncture. Now is the time to bridge Canada's credibility gap and take action.
"Congratulations to all the winners of our 2021 scholarships. All entries were excellent and showcased the impressive abilities and wide interests of Canadian students. We wish the winners and entrants the best of luck as they pursue their education and eventual careers.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“It’s up to individuals to ensure governments live up to their promises of reconciliation. We’ve already seen that, without oversight, they are happy to keep the status quo.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Despite promises to honour Indigenous sovereignty, there are serious flaws with the how the federal government relates to Indigenous people. Infrastructure projects are still being run through traditional and unceded territories, like the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Aggressive raids are being conducted by the RCMP, like on the peaceful Wet’suwet’en land defenders. Inaction by the current Liberal government allowed Mi’kmaw fishers to be verbally and physically harassed when the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched its treaty fishery. Political decisions have always come at the expense of Indigenous communities.
Much of the racism in Canada is systematic. It impacts BIPOC in all stages of life, from the quality of education they receive, to whether they can afford to go to post-secondary school, to the types of jobs they’re hired to do, and to where they can afford to live. We must ensure, that going forward, the government looks at all programs and policies with an equity lens to ensure that anti-racism efforts are always kept as a priority issue.
"While we might not like going to the polls, we need to seize this opportunity to tell the government what we need to rebuild. We need investments in green technology to create good jobs to address climate change and boost our economy. We need to put money and resources back into health care, community services, and other areas of the public sector that neoliberal policies at the federal and provincial levels stripped away. The need to pay workers living wages and full benefits has never been clearer. Without this, we will see potentially catastrophic consequences." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
PSI affiliates in Canada join residential school survivors and Indigenous communities who are grieving after the horrifying discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
"Collectively, we need to honour these children who never made it home and their families who have lived and breathed their loss for decades." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Canada is at a crossroads. Indigenous peoples are calling for reconciliation and a path to healing after decades of systemic racism and cultural genocide as exemplified by the residential school tragedy. The labour movement stands in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and calls for governments to move beyond words and to take action towards reconciliation. — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“This was a crime against humanity. There must be a full accountability for these horrendous deaths. This can’t be just studied and investigated. Those responsible must be identified and their guilt exposed.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President