International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier 2016

February 6 will mark the 40th year of Leonard Peltier’s false imprisonment. A member of the American Indian Movement, Peltier (Anishinaabe-Lakota) is a political prisoner who was incarcerated after having been wrongfully extradited from Canada on the basis of fraudulent and coerced testimony. Leonard Peltier’s imprisonment has been the subject of global condemnation. Amnesty International,…

Aboriginal Council Says Thank You

The CUPE Ontario Aboriginal Council thanks all CUPE members who took action to support our campaign, Stand up for fairness – For Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls. The announcement by the federal government that they are beginning the process of holding a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls…

National Aboriginal Day Statement

On June 21, CUPE Ontario celebrates National Aboriginal Day in recognition of the cultures and contributions of the original peoples of Turtle Island. This day is an opportunity to learn about the languages, arts, culinary, music and countless other unique attributes of aboriginal cultures that has helped to shape the Canadian cultural identity. It is…

CUPE Ontario Membership makes historic change for equality at Solidarity against Austerity Convention

TORONTO, ON – Members of Ontario’s largest union took a historic step last week, changing their union’s constitution to ensure broader diversity on its executive board, which will enhance the union’s work against the austerity agenda. Delegates to the 52nd annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted overwhelmingly to expand the…

Cinema Politica Danforth Presents: Highway of Tears

Cinema Politica Danforth Presents – Highway of Tears

Join us for a free screening of HIGHWAY OF TEARS, which tells the story of missing and murdered indigenous women. The film shows how generational poverty and systemic racism have contributed to this problem, and how First Nations leaders are advocating for change. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by MP Craig Scott with the following panelists: MP Niki…

CUPE Aboriginal Council members holding a banner with the words "Free Leonard Peltier"

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier is a Native American man who has been in prison in the Unted States for the past 39 years. Despite evidence of law enforcement officers creating false evidence against Peltier, efforts to secure his freedom have been denied. For 22 consecutive years, the Leonard Peltier Defence Committee Canada (LPDCC) has organized the 22nd…

Indigenous Council

The CUPE Ontario Indigenous Council is firmly committed to promoting and defending the rights of all Indigenous workers in our union and in our communities. The committee’s goal is to educate our membership about Indigenous issues, increase participation of Indigenous members, and combat discrimination. They do this through actively participating in their communities, provincial coalitions,…

Graphic of a person holding a feather with the words "Idle No More"

Idle No More

Idle No More is a grassroots movement. Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the highly visible First Nations movement of the 1970s, it is a struggle for rights and recognition that is led not by the rich and powerful, but by working-class people. There are many different ways our members can get…