It's time for the government to ensure that frontline workers have the resources and policy framework in place to fully support British Columbia's Indigenous families." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The women who dedicate their lives to helping Indigenous women in need have found that they themselves are in need." — Kareen Marshall, Chair of OPSEU’s Community Agencies Division
“If Truth and Reconciliation mean anything to the Prime Minister, and if he is truly the feminist he professes to be, it is time to end the discrimination against First Nations women in Canada." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"Social workers in the BCGEU/NUPGE, who have long advocated for similar changes, stand behind the Representative's positions on these vital issues." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vigils are held annually on October 4 as a way to offer support to families who have lost loved ones and create opportunities for healing. To date, 103 vigils across Canada have been registered for this year’s vigil.
“We are facing a crisis when it comes to how Indigenous peoples in this country are treated and nowhere is this more evident than the way the federal Government is racially discriminating against indigenous children.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The Indigenous Circle collected over 1,000 signatures during the 2017 OPSEU Convention and they continue to collect petitions that are being introduced at Queen’s Park.
“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
"There is an opportunity to bring peace to many families who have lost loved ones, but also to address the factors that have contributed to this tragedy, such as racism, poverty, and sexism." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"We have a role to play in holding our institutions — the military, the police, the judiciary — to account when they allow violence to be perpetrated. As unionists, we have the responsibility to support the vulnerable in our midst." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer