Aboriginal Workers of Colour
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which the Unifor Local 2002 Office is located is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
In particular, we acknowledge the territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples; the land that is home to the Metis; and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who are direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, these lands are home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples.
We respectfully acknowledge the ancestral homelands in other provinces whose territories we may be meeting from today.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to be learning, organizing, and working on traditional lands and by doing so, give our respect to elders both past, present and future.
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Unifor is proud to celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples’ diverse and enduring culture, history and achievements. Members are encouraged to take action June 21 by calling on the federal government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Every Child Matters
Indigenous History Month
Missing children found on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory
Unifor mourns the loss of the 215 children found on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc territory who perished in the custody of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The discovery confirms what community survivors have said for decades—hundreds of children went to the school and never returned home. This is true of at least 6,000 Indigenous children who attended residential schools across the country.
The mass grave is a horrific reminder of the scale of the colonial violence that still haunts survivors and their families today.
Canada is far from done reconciling its murderous history of residential schools. Reconciliation is important for being accountable to both Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and all communities and families that are affected.
Unifor supports the call of Indigenous leaders for a nationwide probe of former residential school sites. The federal government must ensure Indigenous communities have the resources to find answers about missing children as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s "Missing Children’s Project".
Unifor understands that solidarity is the key to truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Canada. Unifor is committed to using its bargaining power, mobilizing power, and political power to bring about transformative change.
What Unifor members can do:
- Unifor supports the 94 recommendations issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They are an urgent call to action for government and organizations to take meaningful action on a many outstanding issues, ranging from protecting language and culture to education to ensuring justice for the victims of residential school violence.
Contact your Member of Parliament and demand they be a vocal supporter of the 94 Calls to Action within their caucus and to government.
- Add to Unifor’s $10,000 donation to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation to build community solidarity and support:
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Kamloops BC, V2H 1H1
- Add to Unifor’s existing sponsorship of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) "Honouring the Gifts—MKO Youth Cultural Celebration" youth arts festival beginning June 21 (National Indigenous Peoples Day) and carrying through to June 25.
- Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
- Participate in Indigenous History Month, which starts Tuesday. Unifor is coordinating action and activities across the country to fight for truth and reconciliation. Visit unifor.org/ihm2021 to find out more.
- Learn more by participating in Unifor's Turtle Island webinar series. Next session: "Honouring Treaty Rights" Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
- Encourage support, by those who are able to, for local and regional organizations, programs or initiatives to engage in active reconciliation with Indigenous people.
- With all of your efforts, please amplify Indigenous voices in your community.
Whichever action you take, please share your work with the National Office and on social media so others can follow our example to do their part in reconciliation.
View the statement on our website here.
The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage.
2021 Black History Month Kick-Off (Full Recap)
Aboriginal Workers of Colour
February 1, 2021
Black History Month 2021 [LINK]
December 11, 2020
A brief history of Indigenous relations in Canada [PDF]
October 16, 2020
Raising the Mi’Kmaq Grand Council Flag [LINK]
June 17, 2020
National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21, 2020 [LINK]
June 04, 2020
A Message from the AWOC Committee: Solidarity Together- We stand in solidarity! [LINK]
April 24, 2020
Help reduce the spread of COVID-19: Information for Indigenous communities [LINK]
November 1, 2019
Grand Council Flag hoisted, a first in Jazz Airline History [LINK]
Unifor Local 2002 Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committee has been established to:
Promote Inclusivity where Members who
represent themselves as Aboriginal or Worker of Colour feel Valued, Respected and Safe to be their Authentic Self,
Promote Equity where members are treated Fairly and Impartially,
Promote Social Justice where Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Members should have equal opportunity which is fair and free from Bias, equal Treatment which is free of Prejudice, Fair and Proper Administration of laws which are free of any form of Discrimination and Overt Racism.
United under the Principles and Leadership of Unifor Local 2002, the Committee will fight and seek to achieve Fairness for the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Members.
We will strive to engage the Members in our fight against any form of Discrimination and Racism and will spread this message to our workplaces, the other Unifor Locals and the Society at Large.
AWOC Committee - 2021
Chairperson: Loretta Cluney
Co Chairperson: Nidarshan Kokulathasan
Financial Secretary: Ferdie MacAraig
Secretary: Astraea Sam
Liaison to the Executive Board: Ada Zampini
For more information, please contact: