“With the ongoing rise of the far right at home in Canada, and around the world, we must be extra vigilant at pushing for legal protections for transgender and gender-expansive people and for education for the public about transgender and gender-expansive issues.” ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
“Canada has done some great things for 2SLGBTQIA+ people, like passing Bill C-4. But there’s still work to be done. NUPGE will continue to stand in solidarity with 2SLGBTQIA+ people and push for equality for all.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“We cannot be complacent about 2SLGBTQIA+ issues and rights.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
We must provide dignity to women, girls, and gender-diverse people who deal with period poverty in Canada instead of furthering the taboos that have plagued this issue for centuries.
"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
“One only needs to listen to the testimony of survivors to know that conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice that has no place in Canada,” said Larry Brown, NUPGE President. “Lives are on the line. We’re happy to see the government finally take action and ban conversion therapy.”
“There’s an onus on government and law enforcement to ensure transgender and gender-diverse people feel like they can access their services safely. Trust must be rebuilt.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"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
“We cannot go back in time and prevent the traumas that occurred to conversion therapy survivors, but we can ensure that no child in Canada is subjected to conversion therapy ever again.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We see you and we celebrate with you. Though most of us can’t be together in person this year, we’re with you.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The pandemic has shown once again just how important solidarity is. Solidarity between folks from different backgrounds, and solidarity between countries. When one of us is suffering, we all suffer. It’s essential that we show solidarity with our LGBT friends around the world.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We can’t celebrate in person, but NUPGE is proud to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility. We stand by our transgender members and transgender friends, family members, and neighbours, and we promise to keep fighting against discrimination in the legal system and in society.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“There was never a logical reason to include people experiencing homelessness in the curfew. People experiencing homelessness have no permanent shelter to stay in during the curfew, nor do they have the resources to pay the fines for breaking curfew. Had people experiencing homelessness been exempt from the curfew from the start, Raphaël André would still be with us today.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“We must continue to show that we stand in solidarity with the transgender community and make sure that these murders do not go unnoticed. We grieve for every person lost.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The National Union is encouraging its members and Canadians to complete the survey by April 21, 2021 and to encourage others to participate.
The questionnaire asks if you have experienced discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or language, and whether this has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a society, we need to now respond effectively to, and then recover from, the COVID crisis, but we must do so in a way that does not just return us to the unsustainable old normal.
The report provides a deep dive into the survey responses, and explores how Canada’s ongoing history of settler colonialism and policies of racial discrimination connect to the realities of the workplace.
The election of 3 labour leaders who were still in prison was a clear statement by voters that it was anti-labour laws that were wrong, not the strikers.
Let us offer solidarity to our neighbours in the U.S. Let us mourn the deaths, and let us vow to redouble our efforts to keep this poison of racism from growing in Canada.