CUPE Ontario Members Stand in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation

CUPE Ontario members stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and activists at the Unist’ot’en Camp defending their territory and the environment against big oil and right-wing politicians. Last month, TransCanada Coastal GasLink sought an injunction directing hereditary chiefs to remove the gate at Unist’ot’en Camp, allowing its agents to build a pipeline through their…

Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Indigenous Women Are Not Sterilized Without Their Consent

(December 10, 2018) Across Canada and as recently as 2017, Indigenous women report being forcibly or coercively sterilized. Some women were incorrectly told the procedure is reversible. Others were separated from their babies until they consented to a tubal ligation. Forced and coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women are a result of systemic violence and discrimination…

Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, which raises 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 primary instrument in a policy of cultural genocide instituted by the Canadian government. Orange Shirt Day was…

National Indigenous Peoples Day, 2018

2018 marks the 22nd anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21st.   Today we recognize and celebrate the contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We salute their strength and courage in the face of attempts to erase their cultures and express our gratitude for their stewardship of the environment over generations. We…

World Water Day Statement 2018

  Today, March 22, is World Water Day. Public drinking water and wastewater services are fundamental human rights. Yet these rights are currently denied to many Ontarians. That’s why CUPE Ontario is working with labour and community allies to secure clean and safe public water services for all. Contaminated water and a lack of adequate…

Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017, Committee Election Results

The following delegates from the Racial Justice and Human Rights Conference 2017 were elected to the respective committees for a two year term: Aboriginal Council Dawn Bellerose, Local 1880 Larry Giffin, Local 3798 Miaco Kuzyk-Hildebrand, Local 4207 Racial Justice Yetti Atilola, Local 1750 Joy Davis, Local 4400 Michael Gordon, Local 1483 Rebecca Jegeshar, Local 79…

CUPE Ontario statement of solidarity with Haudenosaunee harvesters

  CUPE Ontario is Ontario’s community union. As Indigenous peoples and as settler-allies operating on colonized land, our union has a collective responsibility to recognize and honour the inherent rights and treaty rights of all Indigenous peoples. First Nations are sovereign nations that possess inherent rights to self-determination. This includes the right to food sovereignty…