"So, today, we want to encourage our 390,000 members across the country to reflect on these abuses and recommit to fighting continuing acts of oppression. If we are on a path of reconciliation, we need to work with our allies to ensure our Indigenous brothers and sisters enjoy the equality we all strive for."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“A statutory holiday recognizing our Indigenous Peoples would be a fitting tribute as we work toward reconciliation." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This partnership is historic, but it’s not out of the blue. We’ve been working hard to ensure Indigenous people have a powerful voice in our union and in our communities." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Report includes important recommendations resulting from 3 Ministry of Health workers being fired in 2012.
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.
"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