“This must be a time of reflection not celebration”: Indigenous Council and CUPE Ontario to spend July 1 reflecting and recommitting to fighting ongoing colonialism

“This year, Canada Day should be nothing more than a day of reflection. I will not celebrate the birth of a nation that destroyed our children.” The words of Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong and a member of Kingfisher First Nation, are ones people living in what we call Canada must hear and must contend with. He continues by asking:…

“From reckoning to resistance”: CUPE Ontario commemorates the ongoing forms of resistance on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

We’re in a moment of mourning and reckoning, confronted in a way that can’t be avoided by the very worst of ongoing colonialism. 215 Indigenous children’s remains were found in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, or Kamloops, British Columbia. While the Ford Conservatives applaud their vaccination plan and take steps towards reopening, we’re witnessing the unfolding crisis…

Our solidarity is undivided

“Our solidarity is undivided”: CUPE Ontario and the OFL reaffirm link between support for Land Back and Migrant Justice

CUPE Ontario and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) recommit to connecting the dots between all workers’ struggles. Our solidarity for Indigenous Land Defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane from Six Nations and our solidarity for migrant workers are interwoven. We support Land Defenders asserting their right to their traditional territory because we recognize the…

“We must oppose colonial violence in our communities”: CUPE Ontario sends message of support to Indigenous Land Defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane

CUPE Ontario sends its solidarity to Indigenous Land Defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane from Six Nations who are reclaiming land along the Haldimand Tract, south of Caledonia. Six Nations was given the land after their alliance with the British during the American Revolution, but the land was sold to developers, McKenzie Meadows, where they…

Orange Shirt Day 2020

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the residential school system and its traumatic, inter-generational impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada. On this day we reflect on the legacy of residential schools, which were the centrepiece of a policy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples instituted by the Canadian…

Indigenous History Month 2020

June is Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous communities. This month also marks the 24th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21st. This month we recognize the contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We honour their strength and courage in the face…