“Do not look away and always speak up”: CUPE Ontario’s message of solidarity to Indigenous women attacked on National Truth and Reconciliation Day

This National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was a powerful and momentous day, with so many from coast to coast to coast reflecting on the horrors of the residential school system, recognizing the ongoing colonialism on these lands, and recommitting to real and lasting reconciliation. But, underscoring the urgency of this work, CUPE Ontario’s 280,000…

Windsor municipal government should have declared National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday: Public Sector Unions

WINDSOR, ON – Public sector unions are decrying the lack of initiative by the City of Windsor’s municipal government in not recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday on September 30. Three Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals joined the Windsor Professional Fire Fighters Association (WPFFA) Local 455 in…

“Today is a day to reflect”: CUPE Ontario recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

When the Federal government legislated a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, CUPE Ontario saw this as a long overdue but important step toward reconciliation. As the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission indicate, the work of reconciliation is an enormous undertaking that requires deep commitment and careful reflection. Sadly, Canada…

“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…

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“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…