Mission:

To promote awareness of our proud First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and how it intertwines within our union environment.

Goals:

Engage our First Nations, Métis and Inuit members to strengthen their union involvement.
Inform and educate all union members on First Nations, Métis and Inuit 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 First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues.

Members:

Committee Members:

Co-Chairs:

Janell Kachuik - Continuing Care Assistant - St Joseph Hospital/Foyer D'Youville 

Debbie Desjarlais - Licensed Practical Nurse - Oliver Lodge - 306.370.7429

Recording Secretary: 

Wolana Fox - Licensed Practical Nurse - Cypress Regional Hospital - 306.750.0559

Members:

Lindsay Seesequasis - Continuing Care Assistant - Moose Jaw Special Care Home - 306.313.2324

Angela Munshaw - Recreation worker - Moose Jaw Special Care Home 

Jennifer Lafond - Cook - Rosthern Hospital - 306.717.6063

Maryana Guravska

Alice Daoust

Top Officer:
Barb Cape - 1-888-999-SEIU ext 8730

Staff Representative:
Dennel Pickering, – 306.652.1011 ext. 2241

Resources:

The Truth and Reconciliation Report on YouTube: #ReadTheTRCReport

Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 

Book Club List

Indian Horse

Five Little Indians

Firewater

Life in the City of Dirty Water

Bannock in Heaven

Half Breed

What I remember, What I know

The Right to Be Cold

Firekeeper's Daughter

Show/Movie Club List

Bones of Crow: Official trailer here

We were Children: Official trailer here

Little Bird: Official trailer here

True Story Part 1: Official trailer here

True Story Part 2: Official trailer here

Killers of the Flower Moon: Official Trailer here 

First Nations Métis Inuit Scholarship

SEIU-West First Nations Métis Inuit Committee is pleased to offer yearly scholarships for members who are Status Indian, Non-Status Indian, Inuit or Métis who are in good standing (dues paying members) that are taking a class in a College, University or recognized Tech or Vocational Post-Secondary School for the year they are applying in. 
Applications must be received by December 15th and include: proof of registrationreceipt of payment and an essay on "How can the labour movement be an ally with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples?”

Apply here.

In order to ensure as many people benefit from this program as possible, if you have won an SEIU-West Scholarship within the past three years, you will not be considered. 

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This is an important day, as families and loved ones of women and girls who have been murdered, or are currently missing, remember their sisters, mothers, daughters, aunties, and friends. This day is often called Red Dress Day, in recognition of the Red Dress Project. The following was submitted by SEIU-West member by Freda Weeseekase.

FNMIC Donations Drive 2022

SEIU-West's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Committee is requesting your support to help those in our communities that are struggling with homelessness and housing insecurity.

They plan to fill backpacks with necessities and hand them out to those that could really use a little help.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We hope you take this day to pause and reflect on the history of Canada and its relationship with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, as well as working towards a different future that respects and acknowledges the unique and independent role of all First Nations. We encourage you to challenge yourself to find your role in building a harmonious relationship with the original peoples of this land.

Angie is a member of SEIU-West's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Committee (FNMIC). Here is her story:

Committee Openings

As you may be aware, we have a number of committees who are looking to fill vacancies. If you are an SEIU-West member (or know of an SEIU-West member in your workplace) that is looking for a great way to get involved in your union, are enthusiastic, curious, and ready to learn, take a look at the various committees and see if one peaks your interest.

The committees looking to fill out their allotted number of members are as follows:

  • Aboriginal Committee
  • Multicultural Mentorship Committee
  • Political Action & Awareness Committee
  • Worker Safety Committee
  • Young Workers Committee

If one catches your eye, send in an Expression of Interest form. 

We also have a Committee Openings poster that can be displayed on the SEIU-West bulletin board in your workplace for coworkers to find. Joining a committee is a great way to meet new people, step outside of your comfort zone, and show your solidarity in your union.

 

 

National Indigenous History Month

SEIU-West's Aboriginal Committee met on May 31 and has many exciting initiatives coming up. 

We'd like to share a list of June events and ask that you join us in celebrations of National Indigenous History Month and work towards Reconciliation in Saskatchewan. 

Email [email protected] if you'd like to walk with us in Saskatoon for Rock your Roots for Reconciliation!

Join a 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 form should they wish to serve or remain on committees.

 

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