September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, is a day we Workers can reflect upon this nation’s dark past, recognize our present struggles, and plan for a united future, together.

Reconciliation means more than changing our profile filter and social media status for the day.

It requires a commitment to improving relationships and outcomes for everyone in our community.

There are no reasons for waiting for other people or organizations to take the lead on reconciliation, because there is something for all of us in the 94 TRC Calls to Action. 

At a recent SEIU-West convention, speaker and residential school survivor Eugene Arcand challenged public sector unions to do more for reconciliation because, “You guys have made a good living off the misery of my people.” Mr Arcand cuts through the fluff and niceties, reminding us of the stark reality of our world and our roles as service workers. 

Many of us serve Saskatchewan through our careers as staff on the frontline, where the devastating effects of our society’s structural divide are what we deal with every day, in our hospitals, schools, CBOs, and workplaces.

We can achieve our SEIU-West mandate: to improve the lives of working people and their families, and lead the way to a more just and humane society, through Reconciliation. For us to stand for racial, economic and social justice, for dignity and respect, for having a voice on the job and in society, and for a secure job with the opportunity to advance, we need to acknowledge our societies Truth, the many barriers people in our communities face. By fully understanding and confronting the challenges before us, we can and will overcome them.

On September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, let us remember our nation's history, and acknowledge the work we need to do for a brighter future, together.

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