The Canadian Union Of Labour Employees represents over eighty unionized staff employed in the regional offices of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). In addition, CULE represents all employees of the Nunavut Employees Union, a Component of the PSAC.
June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada; past, present and future. There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The federal government proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996 after consultations with Aboriginal groups across Canada. That date has held significance to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples for several generations. In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) had called for a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day to be commemorated on June 21. Thirteen years later, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended that a National First Peoples Day be observed. That same year, 1995, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people – the Sacred Assembly – called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canada. National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996, by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.
The 94 Calls to Action from the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reinforces the need for continued education, action and advocacy in the relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and Canada. All Canadians need to commit to reconciliation and to closing the gap in the quality of life between Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians. The time for Reconciliation is now!
The Canadian Union of Labour Employees, acknowledges the traditional territories of Aboriginal Peoples, where celebrations will be taking place on June 21. We will continue stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers from coast to coast to coast.
In October 1966 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
Since the proclamation of this day, the world continues to see the rise of racism in every corner of the earth. Racism continues to invade our consciousness, via the various news media. We continue to see people killed based on race and class, we continue to see discrimination in the education system and workplaces based on race and class.
In Canada we are unwilling witnesses to the double standard that the present government uses in addressing the disappearance of our Aboriginal sisters. We are forced to listen to the Conservative Government label people terrorist because of race and class.
CULE is committed to fighting all forms of racism and injustice within the workplace and the larger community. We call on all CULE members to continue the fight to eliminate racism within the workplace and the larger community.
Black History was originally celebrated as a Black History Week in 1926 in the United States of America. At the launching of the Black History Week – Carter G Woodson made the following quote “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.’
In 1976, Black History Week was expanded to the month of February and officially recognized by the government of the USA.
In 1979, Canada began celebrating Black History Month in 1995 after a motion by politician Jean Augustine to the House of Commons. Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month. In 2008, Senator Donald Oliver moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved.
The United Kingdom began celebrating Black History Month in 1987.
In February 2015, CULE salutes the contributions of the Black Community to the development of the societies of the USA, UK and Canada. We recognize and applaud the many inventions that were made by members of the Black Community such as the cellular phone and the typewriter. Click for a full list.
CULE would also like to acknowledge the oppression and the struggles of the Black Community in the last two years in the USA, UK and Canada. CULE stands in solidarity in the struggles against oppression and discrimination.
Diane Gallant has been elected CULE Unit II Member at Large and Colleen MacKay as been elected as the Unit II Representative on the Reclassification Committee.