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…

Earth Day 2020: From the local to the global

While the world and our communities are, understandably, prioritizing the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is another global crisis that we can’t forget: the climate crisis.     Even as we are fighting this pandemic, let us also remember there is a lot of work needed to fight climate change, and to move our economy towards a greener, truly sustainable…

World Water Day 2020

Access to safe drinking water is a right many of us take for granted. But contaminated water and a lack of adequate sanitation in Ontario’s First Nations communities jeopardize the health and well-being of thousands of indigenous people. 62 First Nations communities across the province are currently on boil water or do not consume advisories. CUPE…

Statement on Wet’suwet’en land rights.

Statement adopted by the CUPE Ontario Executive Board March 4, 2020 CUPE Ontario is deeply concerned about the recent rise of hate directed at Indigenous people, in particular the land defenders of the Tyendinaga Mohawks, following widespread support from community and working-class activists for Wet’suwet’en land rights. CUPE Ontario calls on levels of governments to:…

National Indigenous Peoples Day

On June 21st—National Indigenous Peoples Day—we recognize and celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. As you spend your day drumming, dancing, and celebrating your rich cultures, we reiterate our call for all levels of government to make reconciliation more than an empty promise and reaffirm our solidarity with your struggle for self-determination, access to…

Grassy Narrows deserves better than delays and half-measures

Our organizations are deeply disappointed that the federal government has failed to take decisive action to guarantee that survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows will get the medical care they need and deserve. Although the federal Indigenous Services department had announced that Minister Seamus O’Regan would sign a memorandum of understanding with Grassy Narrows…

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…