Aboriginal

Mission: To promote awareness of our proud Aboriginal culture and how it intertwines within our union environment.

Goals:

Engage our Aboriginal members to strengthen their union involvement
Inform and educate all union members on Aboriginal issues within the workplace
Recruit potential members by attending career fairs and conferences
Be an advisory and resource for all union members, the Executive Board and Bargaining committees on Aboriginal issues.

Committee Chair:
Harrison Elema, – 306-607-9082

Communicator:

Committee Members:
Michelle McKenzie, CCA, – 306-661-7717
Chris Mulhall, – 306-774-4881
Ray Bidyk, – C 306-241-8288 H 306-384-3728
Donna Brown, – C 306-230-1927
Tara Lens, – C 306-930-9499 H 306-930-0080
Chigal Wightman-Daniels, – C 306-201-9599

Resources:

The Truth and Reconciliation Report on YouTube: #ReadTheTRCReport

2017 Year in Review!

What’s one word to describe our SEIU-West experiences in 2017? Engaging. While our SEIU-West family faced many new challenges, we also had a lot of fun as more and more members became active in our union. As we approach a new year, let’s revisit some of the highlights and memorable events we shared together in 2017:

December 10 – Human Rights Day

SEIU-West is a member driven union which means our members decide what to do to create a more just workplace and society. Members use the resources of our union to assist in their endeavours and have enjoyed some great accomplishments!

Join an SEIU-West Committee: Deadline Fast Approaching!

SEIU-West Committees keep us at the forefront of the Labour movement in Canada, and provide an excellent opportunity for members to learn from each other. Committee members serve for two years, and we have now approached the end of a two-year term so we are requesting SEIU-West members and all current committee members to submit their Expressions of Interest should they wish to serve or remain on committees.

Join an SEIU-West Committee!

SEIU-West Committees keep us at the forefront of the Labour movement in Canada, and provide an excellent opportunity for members to learn from each other. Committee members serve for two years, and we have now approached the end of a two-year term so we are requesting SEIU-West members and all current committee members to submit their Expressions of Interest should they wish to serve or remain on committees.

National Aboriginal Day 2017

Together, we must do more than just talk about reconciliation – we must learn how to live out reconciliation each and every day. These principles must guide us in our actions, and we urge you to read and then act upon the 94 Calls to Action here.

PAWS: Justice for All

We must demonstrate solidarity for our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We need to recognize that treaties are like collective agreements, and blockades are like picket lines – to break or cross them risks justice for all.

PAWS: Safety

By Raymond Bidyk, Aboriginal Committee Member The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee and our PAWS (Power, Air, Water, Safety) campaign has reached its remaining chapter – Safety. In light of the recent murder of Colten Boushie, a young Red Pheasant Cree Nation …

Letter of Support for the Camp of Sacred Stones

A member of the Aboriginal Committee has written a letter of support and sent it to those standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline – please read his meaningful letter …

Letter of Solidarity – Colonialism No More Regina Camp

SEIU-West sent a letter of support and solidarity to our brothers and sisters holding the line at the Colonialism No More Camp in Regina.

National Aboriginal Day: June 21

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, the SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee also wants to highlight the incredible and enduring Colonialism No More – Solidarity Camp Regina wherein committed activists have been occupying the outside area of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office for over 60 days.

Turtle Island Training – Two Day Course

NOTE: This course has been move to the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw, It begins at 10:30 am on the 21st and it is a 2 day session. Successful applicants will be notified in early June.  The Aboriginal Committee together with the …

The People’s Injunction Demonstration – We’re All People On the Line

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee took part in a demonstration that called for climate justice – check out the great banner!

PAWS: in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and World Water Day

It should not matter where one lives on Turtle Island; with approximately 20% of the world’s fresh water supply and our ever-growing technological advances in Canada, there is no excuse for anyone to question the safety of the water pouring from their taps.
Racism often leads to inequalities in the distribution of resources. The inadequacy of ensuring a basic need, particularly amongst First Nations communities, serves as an example of structural racism. The inequality First Nations communities face maintains disadvantaged conditions and restricts a fundamental part of our human existence – water.

Apply NOW for the Prairie School for Union Women!

The Education Committee will be sponsoring up to four (4) delegates and the Aboriginal Committee will be sponsoring one (1) additional delegate to attend the Prairie School for Union Women (PSUW) being held in Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan from June 12 – June 16, 2016.

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee Standing in Solidarity With #PeopleOnTheLine

Boots on the ground action is the lifeblood of an activist. When the opportunity shows itself, it is up to us to step up to the occasion. As community members, Labour Siblings, and children of Earth Mother, we were proud to lend our voices to the chorus of social and environmental defenders at Friendship Park in Saskatoon. Our committee is dedicated to a living legacy of action on PAWS

Update: SFL Spring School

SEIU-West will be sponsoring up to seven members – six through the Education Committee and one through the Aboriginal Committee – to attend the SFL Spring School. Unit Chairs have been sent the registration package. Please ensure that your completed forms – expression of …

PAWS: Campaign Launch!

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee has launched PAWS, a new campaign aimed at spreading awareness and smashing myths; its ultimate goal is to enhance community allyship with Indigenous Peoples and movements. The paw print chosen as part of the Aboriginal Committee’s PAWS Campaign logo is a rendering of a wolf print.

PAWS: Power of the People

By Tracey Lennox, The Leader Post, December 3, 2015 The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee has launched a new campaign called PAWS to spread awareness and smash myths; its ultimate goal is to enhance community ally-ship with indigenous peoples and movements. PAWS represents …

Unionism on Turtle Island: Report

I deeply feel that unless and until society understands the pain and the history of aggressive assimilation (or attempted genocide of a culture) that First Nations and Metis Peoples have endured, no one can heal. We need to stand up and demand better.. My heart was so happy to see that everyone in the group “got it” and committed to share their knowledge with their community. This is how we create change. This is how we heal.

Turtle Island Training

The Aboriginal Committee together with the Education department are pleased to be offering a new course for SEIU-West Members.
We will be accepting 30 participants to attend this two day Turtle Island training opportunity.
This course is designed for non-Aboriginal workers who want to learn more about Aboriginal Issues and who want to work in solidarity with their First Nations and Metis brothers and sisters. Issues to be discussed include history, spirituality, creating a representative workforce and opening the union to aboriginal activists.