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Refusal Of Unsafe Work, above, is a video produced by the PSAC BC Organizing Team that has been nominated as one of the five finalists in the video of the year contest. Check out all the nominated videos here. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

via BC Federation of Labour

Please note that the screening of the film “Breathtaking” originally scheduled for June 1st has been postponed.

We felt that this event was too important to be left to compete with the Canucks hockey schedule. We are seeking a new date for this event, possibly June 16, 2011. Please stay tuned for confirmation of a new date and time.

As many of you know, we have been working hard to organize some events to recognize our first Injured Workers’ Day on June 1st in BC. The B.C. Federation of Labour will be sending a delegation to Victoria on May 31st to lobby on OHS and compensation issues, as well as to talk about the importance of recognizing Injured Workers’ Day in BC. In addition, we have planned the following event on the evening of June 1st (stay tuned for more activities).

Please find attached a copy of our notice for the screening of the Canadian documentary Breathtaking, directed by Kathleen Mullen.

This film is her personal journey into the asbestos industry in Canada, following the death of her father, Richard, from mesothelioma. The film will be followed by an expert resource panel, question and answer period.

  • DATE: June 1, 2011 – Injured Workers’ Day
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • PLACE: Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information about the film visit

As of May 25th, negotiations between Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are ongoing but the threat of a strike or lockout still exists.

Canada Post is asking for major concessions from its largest union and refusing to address issues around Health and Safety to CUPW’s satisfaction. Visit the CUPW website for the latest bargaining updates.

If you face a CUPW picket line at your workplace, you should take the following steps.

1) Ask to speak to the picket captain-identify yourself and that you work in that building, office, or worksite. Find out what the major issues are.

2) Ask for a management representative in your office to escort you through the picket line.

3) Volunteer your support to the CUPW. Support can take many forms: for example, you could join them on the picket line before and/or after work and during your lunch break. Your local can also make donations to their strike fund or the coffee fund. Ask what CUPW would prefer.

It is important to remember that as unionized workers we sometimes must fight to improve our working conditions. All of us working together will make the struggle easier.

via email, to BC Young Workers Caucus

I am pleased to share that on May 13-15, 2011 at the B.C. Regional Convention we had the largest contingent of young worker delegates and observers to date!

With fourteen young workers taking part as either delegates or observers in one of the highest decision-making bodies for the PSAC in the B.C. Region we have high hopes young worker participation will continue to grow our Union.

As a result of an election process at Convention:

  • Your Regional Council Youth Coordinator is Erica Fu-Jung Yang.
  • Your 1st Alternate to this position is Daphne Ho.
  • Your 2nd Alternate to this position is Eric Bouffard.
Stayed tuned to our young worker webpage for more information about your Coordinator and her Alternates, that is soon to come, as well as some fun social (action) events!
In Solidarity, Monica Urrutia, PSAC Regional Representative


  • Since the signing of the PA, SV and EB collective agreements, PSAC has pressured Treasury Board and Public Works to prepare for implementation of payments in lieu of severance pay.
  • We have strongly encouraged early, thorough and full communication by Treasury Board. While some departments have issued bulletins, central communication has been slow.

Information on payment process

Within the next few weeks, the employer will inform all employees about the payment process. It is possible your employer has already contacted you.

Visit the national website for the latest information from PSAC about the payments in lieu of severance pay


  • May 30, 2011(Mon), 5:30 P.M.
  • PSAC Boardroom, 210-1497 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC


  • Review and approval of Feb meeting minutes
  • Debrief of PSAC BC Triennial Convention
  • Review and approval of Financial Year End Report
  • Long Gun Registry
  • MP Lobbying
  • Sisters in Spirit Walk
  • Upcoming Events

Please R.S.V.P by email to either Rosemary or Virginia no later than noon on May 30th as various snack food will be provided.

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stands in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in opposition to homophobia and transphobia.

In at least 76 countries around the world, homosexuality is still illegal. Just a few months ago, activist David Kato was brutally murdered in Uganda, where a vicious anti-gay crusade is being sponsored by government. Here in Canada, discrimination in the workplace and hate crime are still all too frequent realities for GLBT persons. Recent research demonstrates alarmingly high rates of school bullying, that is disproportionately directed against young lesbians.

This year, we mark May 17 with apprehension, as the Harper Conservatives begin their majority rule. With his strong majority in hand, what will stop Harper from acting on earlier threats to abolish same-sex marriage and ban abortion? His government has already gutted federal pay equity, eliminated the Court Challenges Program, cut funding to feminist advocacy and research, and attacked many human rights groups.

Just a few months ago, we were on the verge of a major victory: Bill C-389 would have amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to better protect the rights of transgender persons. PSAC, the CLC, Egale and several other organizations actively supported Bill C-389. The Bill was adopted by the House of Commons and was waiting to be examined by the Senate, when the Parliament was dissolved and elections were called.

Today, the perspective of winning back Bill C-389 is faint, even though we should remain optimistic in the long term. Indeed, Bill Siksay and the NDP, with the support of the other opposition parties, have laid the ground work to proceed quickly with the adoption of a similar bill when there will be a change of government.

Today, more than ever, it is important that we stand strong and proud, staunch allies in defense of the human rights of all of our brothers and our sisters.

Are you a Shop Steward or Union Rep in the PSAC?

If so, this is your year. In 2011, PSAC is putting a bright spotlight on the stewards and union reps who are the face and voice of the union at the grassroots. We want to give you the recognition you deserve, and the tools you need to do your union work. We want to improve communication with stewards, make changes to our education programs and find ways to connect stewards so that you can learn from each other.

We want to hear from shop stewards to find out what sorts of supports, tools and resources you need to do your work – please take a few minutes to complete the PSAC Shop Steward Survey and we’ll enter you in a draw to win an iPad. The survey will remain open until July 31.

All PSAC Shop Stewards and Union Reps are also encouraged to order their free Stewards Kit here.


Bob Jackson has been elected as the Regional Executive Vice President for British Columbia by the delegates at the BC Regional Triennial Convention. The Convention, which brings members together from across BC, is taking place this weekend in Vancouver. Jayne Johns was elected as the Alternate REVP.

“Jayne and I look forward to meeting with and working with members from all across the province.” says Bob “We all have work to do.”

“In every workplace – every Local and Branch, every Area Council, every Regional Committee, throughout all our Union – PSAC members in British Columbia must work hard to enforce our collective agreements and to protect ourselves from an erosion of our rights, something that is certain under a Conservative majority government.”

“Together, we will ensure that our quality public services and the workers that provide them remain an integral part of Canadian society and government.”

Prior to his election as REVP Bob was a founding member of the BC Regional Council, where he served as the National Officers Coordinator for two terms. Bob has worked at the Canadian Food Inspection for over thirty years, was the Agriculture Component Regional Vice President for eighteen years, and held many positions in his Local. Bob is especially active around Health and Safety issues.

Read more for some photos from Convention …

Continue reading ‘Bob Jackson elected as PSAC BC Regional Executive Vice-President’

The election of a Conservative majority government should be cause for concern for public service workers and all Canadians who believe in the role of government in providing quality public services.

Stephen Harper has been given the responsibility of government for the coming four years. Given his actions while in a minority government, we are very concerned about his plans now that he has achieved a majority. PSAC celebrates the election of progressive candidates who will need to hold the government to account for its policies, particularly with regards to public services.

The New Democratic Party, with its historic win and official opposition status, must keep Harper to his word that he will not cut public services to Canadians or turn the clock back on equality. Newly elected MPs from the labour movement such as Nycole Turmel, the former National President of PSAC and MP-elect in Hull-Aylmer, bode well for a strong, principled opposition in the next Parliament.

Throughout the election campaign, PSAC reached out to its membership across the country and received very positive feedback on our priority issues. PSAC members will have to redouble our efforts and come together to confront attacks on the public service and the rights of our members.

The Conservative platform promised to reduce program spending by a significant amount but did little to explain where these savings would come from. Continued strategic reviews of departments and the proposed operational review of government program spending will no doubt have a significant impact on the quality and accessibility of public services enjoyed by all Canadians.

The reliance on attrition and efficiencies in the public sector to balance the budget will reduce the quality of the services provided by public service workers as they are called upon to provide the same service with less resources and staff.

PSAC will use all means at its disposal to enforce collective agreements and to protect its members from an erosion of their rights. We must all work together to ensure our quality public services and the workers that provide them remain an integral part of Canadian society and government.

Every May 1 we celebrate the many hard-fought battles and hard-won victories for workers’ rights and for social justice.

This May Day, on the eve of the federal election, we have an opportunity to achieve another victory – the election of a government that believes in workers’ rights and in their unions.

PSAC members have already seen their rights, their wages and working conditions and their pensions attacked by the Harper Conservatives. The situation won’t improve with another Conservative government.

We need a different approach. We need a government that understands the vital role of public services in our lives and our communities. We need a government that ensures seniors live in dignity with decent pensions. We need a government that supports parents by making quality, affordable child care readily available.

We want and demand a government that is prepared to put the good of its citizens before corporate profit or political gain.

On May 1, remember the changes workers have been able to achieve.

On May 2, vote for candidates who are committed to workers’ rights and public services.

Here are a few photos of the May Day events in Vancouver and Penticton.

On April 28, 2011, PSAC members are participating in the National Day of Mourning activities to remember those killed or injured in the workplace.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the official recognition of the Day of Mourning.

Unfortunately, having the Day of Mourning officially recognized by governments has not helped with the ongoing tragedy taking place in Canadian workplaces. The statistics on workplace fatalities have stayed high over the last two decades. According to the most recent information available, in 2007 there were 1,055 workplace fatalities in Canada, in 2008 there were 1,038 workplace fatalities, and in 2009 there were 939 workplace fatalities in Canada.

Even more distressing is the fact that these numbers are terribly inaccurate, as many fatalities and injuries that are caused by diseases contracted in the workplace are not recognized.

Despite these horrific statistics, governments in Canada are systematically weakening health and safety laws and failing to enforce those health and safety laws in place for the protection of workers.

Because of this, employers fail to place a high priority on health and safety, and when they do address health and safety issues, workers are blamed for the accidents and injuries that take place in the workplace through the establishment of behavioural based safety programs and the aggressive challenging of workers’ compensation claims.

The PSAC is continuing to push the federal government to make compliance and enforcement of legislated health and safety protections a reality.

PSAC is demanding that provincial and territorial governments act to save the lives of workers, by establishing special prosecutors in their jurisdictions to enforce the law and launch criminal prosecutions against employers whose violations of health and safety laws and regulations leads to workplace deaths and injuries.

Day of Mourning Activities

Locals should ensure that on April 28th a minute of silence is observed at 11:00 a.m. in all work locations and that the Canadian flag is lowered to half mast at all federal buildings and establishments.

Members in all Locals should be encouraged to participate in the Day of Mourning observances organized by the Local or Local Labour Council. As well, Locals should ensure that the PSAC is well represented at their District Labour Council’s Day of Mourning events.

Let us collectively ensure that this year’s Day of Mourning observances and our actions afterwards make certain that never again will any day be the day that any worker dies at work.

The National Day of Mourning was established in Canada at the urging of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, and is now recognized in over 80 countries around the world. The 28th of April is the day that workers and unions mourn for the dead and fight for the living. On this day, we find inspiration to redouble our efforts to keep workers both safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, the annual observance of this day has not made Canada safer for workers. Over the past decades, successive governments have pledged their support to workers and their unions. They have announced new workplace health and safety laws and regulations — some of the best in the world. Regrettably, the resources needed to enforce those laws have not always been provided.

Canada’s workplaces have been claiming a growing number of lives every year because our health and safety laws have not been enforced. The number of fatalities is staggering, but there is opportunity for action. Special prosecutors have been appointed in Nova Scotia and in Manitoba, while in Ontario and Québec, criminal charges have been laid, hopefully putting an end to reckless employers carrying on without consequences. We need more prosecutions to send a message.


Advance polling stations will be open from noon to 8PM on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25. For information about were and how to vote visit

Whose priorities will count with our next federal government?

Since he was first elected in 2006, Stephen Harper has pursued an ideology that believes less government is better and little or no government is best of all. The Conservative government has been conducting an ongoing program of cuts to federal public services by stealth to avoid public, media and opposition party scrutiny.

These cumulative cuts ultimately lead to an erosion of public services and harm Canadians and their families who depend on them.
As a member of the PSAC, whether you work for the federal, territorial or municipal government, in a hospital, transition shelter or at a university, you understand that drastic cuts lead to poor quality services.

Harper’s priorities are not in line with what Canadians want when he spends money on self-promotion, super-jails and corporate tax cuts, ignoring serious issues like stable jobs, poverty, child care and retirement security.

In addition to whittling away at public services, the Conservatives have managed to turn governing into a one-man, top-down operation that punishes anyone with an opposing view. Our democracy is under threat.

The lack of respect for the people we elect, and the complete disregard this government has shown for our democratic traditions cannot be ignored.

When you visit the ballot box, vote for candidates who believe in public services and an accountable government.

This is a call out for interest to attend the BC Federation of Labour’s Camp Jubilee – Young Workers Retreat from June 10-12, 2011.

The PSAC has once again approved funding to support young members from BC to attend. This is an annual retreat that is both fun and a great opportunity to meet other young workers wanting to learn more about their trade union movement!

Workshops that will be offered include:

  • Mobilizing Young Workers
  • Introduction to the Labour Movement
  • Green Jobs and Environmental Justice
  • Political Action

PSAC members selected to attend must commit to sharing what they experienced through a “Retreat Report Back”, ideas include submitting photos with captions to help explain what took place, a short youtube video that you create while at Camp Jubilee, basically something that we can share with others in the Young Worker Caucus on-line!

To be eligible to apply you must be a member of the PSAC and be 30 years of age or younger. Please send your expression of interest to Monica Urruita by midnight May 8th, with a paragraph of up to 300 words describing your involvement in PSAC young worker activities; any community involvement for young workers; and why you are interested in attending.

Continue reading ‘Call Out: BC Federation of Labour Young Worker Retreat’

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee – February 8, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by: VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: February 14, 2011
  • Adopted Officially: April 14, 2011

Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 p.m.

Download the 2011-02-08 VIHRC Meeting Minutes (pdf) or continue reading below.


  • Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Daniel Girard, Laura Gracie, Mark McCavour, Jacqueline Cordova, Virginia Vaillancourt & PSAC Rep: James Little.
  • Teleconference: Tracy Shudo & Robert Mitchell
  • Translators: Mary Butterfield, Mary Warner & Trish MacAuley (student trainee)
  • Regrets: Paul Jones, Eve d’Anjou, Ryan Dowell, Glen Hendry, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Sayed Subzwari, Levan Turner, Anita Hoffman, Nick Humphreys, Maddalena Maher, Sonia Manak, Veronica Mann & Lindsay Nowotny

Roundtable Introduction:

  • At this time we proceeded with a round of introduction of the members that were presented.

Old Business for review:

  • E-mail minutes from our November 23, 2010 reviewed. Hearing no amendments being needed and the motion was made to adopt the minutes by Michael Doerfler
  • Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to accept the previous minutes. Seconded: Mark McCavour. Carried: Unanimously

New Business

Treasurer’s Report:

  • This was presented by Michael. Michael advised everyone that the reason for the two month delay in reconciling is because the bank statements are received approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the month end. So that is why the current accounting is showing a two month delay. January statement will not be out until about the 3rd week in February.
  • Correction was made regarding the total revenue amount which was listed under the revenue section as being Equity Shares – Credit Interest as being $.09 and PSACBC Donation for VIHRC Banner as being $168.00 for a total of $168.09, however in the Total Revenue section it is shown as being $168.00, correction was made to reflect the cent value of $.09 for a total revenue amount of $168.09.
  • Tracy inquired as to why this report was given, was it due to being calendar year end report. It was explained to Tracy that this report is only an update and is given at each meeting to let all the members know what has been spent by VIHRC in the last month. It was also noted that the only time this is given is when there has been changes affecting our finances.
  • Robert inquired as to the monies collected for our fundraising efforts for the Human Rights Museum and if it was included in the $996.39 balance forward from the chequing account.
  • Michael stated that he believed this to be so and also stated that as he had just taken over from Wendy Bruce that he was not completely sure.
  • Mark McCavour stated that the money we collected for this fundraiser was kept separated from the VIHRC Finances.
  • Robert requested that the previous statements be gone through to see if there is any mention of donations being made to the Museum already is that he was under the impression that the money would be held onto until all the fundraising had been completed and that one payment would be made to the HR Museum. Michael found the December treasurers report where it was noted that a $222.44 donation earned for the HR Museum from fundraising in July and on the November treasurers report it was noted that another $52.10 was earned from the Labour Day Picnic. Michael noted that there was a total of donation owed to the HR Museum in the amount of $274.54 to be sent via cheque to the HR Museum.
  • Michael noted that donation monies requested was paid out to the following:
    • PSAC Meet & Greet held in December 2010 for $100.00
    • Women’s Candlelight Vigil in December 2010 for $100.00

Women’s Candlelight Vigil:

  • Women’s Candlelight Vigil held at the Legislative grounds in Victoria was a huge success. The event included the Mayor from Victoria as well as several MLAs. The purpose of this vigil was to bring to the forefront the plight of more than 500 aboriginal women who have either gone missing or have been murdered. Late request for donations of shoes for this event meant a lot of last minute details that evolved for this event. The request for donations of shoes for this event was a huge success and looking at the pictures of all the shoes made a very strong impression. The shoes that had been donated this year were split up between the Victoria Transition House and the Aboriginal Native Centre in Vancouver. Next year this vigil will again request donations of shoes in the hopes that it will bring in more than 500 pairs of shoes.
  • Tracy requested that the information be put onto the PSAC website as she was not aware of the donation of shoes. Virginia mentioned that a poster had been made up for the PSAC website, but due to the lateness of the request for shoes not everyone may have had a chance to see it.
  • Virginia Vaillancourt did a fantastic job in her duty as Grand Marshall for this event. Well Done Virginia!!!!

PSAC Meet & Greet:

  • This event was very successful. Michael encouraged people to attend this year’s event if they have not done so. It’s a great way to network with other committees or members.

PSAC Human Rights National Network (HRNN):

  • This was launched out on January 15, 2011 by Michael Doerfler and currently has 10 members coast to coast. The purpose of this network is to unite every single union member across Canada who is involved in Human Rights at the Local, Regional or National level. This system will allow members to have discussions online. The current system is very restrictive in trying to locate members. For example if one wanted to contact a member from another region they would have to go onto the PSAC site, go to the Region that the other member was at and hopefully be able to find the HR officer. With this network that step would be eliminated and the other member would be much easier to locate. Within this network two positions from an organization would be members of the National Network. These members would in turn report back to their members with any relevant information. Currently the HRNN is currently in operation via e-mail distribution list much like what we use for our own committee list. Once more members join, PSAC will be contacted and a request will be made to set up a web site through them. If you build it they will come!!!!
  • A question was asked regarding the involvement of the PSAC at this level. James explained that due to the logistics of having this network going National that the BC PSAC Regional Communication Officer, Patrick Bragg, should be contacted sooner rather than later to offer guidance and assistance regarding system authorizations that may be needed in order to link this network both regionally and nationally. The current goal is to get between 50 and 100 members prior to seeking the use of the PSAC network. James reminded everyone that Terms of References will have to be completed as well as a clear purpose of goals and functions. He also advised that care and caution must be taken to ensure that there are no groups that are excluded from this network, once it is fully up and running.
  • Tracy asked about whether if CEIU component level is involved within the network, currently the CEIU Vice President of Human Rights is involved with this network. Michael explained that this is in the early stages and they will be visiting this issue as they become more known.
  • Well done Michael and thank you for your efforts in getting this network up and running!!!!!!

VIHRC AGM (2011) Date Change:

  • The date for our AGM in September had to be changed to the following date due to conventions being run at the same time. Please note the new date for our VIHRC Annual AGM will be Thursday, September 8, 2011.

VIHRC Delegate/Alternate to BC Regional Triennial Convention:

  • Michael passed out an e-mail from Kay Sinclair advising of the procedures and requirements for voting of VIHRC delegate and VIHRC alternate to this convention.
  • Nominations for delegate were:
    • Nominee: Michael Doerfler
      Nominated: Robert Mitchell
      Seconded: Tracy Shudo
  • Michael Doerfler for Delegate has won by acclamation.
  • Nominations for alternate were:
    • Nominee: Robert Mitchell
      Nominated: Tracy Shudo
      Seconded: Laura Gracie
    • Nominee: Mark McCavour
      Nominated: Virginia Vaillancourt
      Seconded: Michael Doerfler
  • Mark McCavour respectfully declined; Robert Mitchell will be the alternate delegate.
  • VIHRC Delegate/Alternate Issues:
  • Motion: To pay the $100.00 registration fee on behalf of Michael as well as the lost wages for the Friday as this is not being covered by PSAC was made by Virginia Vaillancourt. Seconded: Tracy Shudo. Carried: Unanimously
  • Discussion ensued; Michael preferred to change his flex day to accommodate this day. Virginia pointed out that the flex day is an earned day and that Michael should be able to have this day of rest. Michael countered that this was his personal choice and that he didn’t want to have VIHRC to pay his lost wages for that day when he could switch his flex day. A friendly amendment was made to change the wording of the motion from Michael to delegate.
  • James requested that the minutes reflect that the motion was changed to state the delegate to the convention and not Michael. This was so that in the unforeseen event that Michael would not be able to go to convention the VIHRC would not be responsible for paying his lost wages.
  • Robert expressed congratulations to Mark McCavour on his receiving the prestigious Spirit Award. Well Done and Congratulations!!!

Meeting Adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the PSAC Office in Admirals Walk

The B.C. Federation of Labour and the Vancouver District Labour Council invite you to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job or died of an occupational disease.

  • Day of Mourning
  • April 28, 2011, 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC

Bring your own union banners and invite co-workers, friends and family members to attend with you.

Events around the Province …

  • Kamloops & District Labour Council – St. Andrews, Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC (6:00 pm)
  • Peace River District Labour Council – Walk from City Hall to Centennial Park, Fort St. John, BC (12:00 pm)
  • North Central Labour Council – Workers’ Memorial Statue (at Patricia Blvd. & Queensway), Prince George, BC (12:00 pm)
  • South Cariboo Labour Council – Ceremonies at the City Hall Cenotaph, Williams Lake, BC (11:00 am)
  • Quesnel & District Labour Council – Monument on Anderson Drive (next to the Firehall on the West Side), Quesnel, BC (5:30 pm)
  • North Okanagan Labour Council – Ben Lee Park (near Leathead Rd. & Holly Rd.), Kelowna, BC (12:30 pm)
  • New Westminster & District Labour Council – Burnaby City Hall, Burnaby, BC (12:00 pm)
  • Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council and United Steelworkers – Lake Cowichan Woodworkers Memorial (near Kaatza Museum), Lake Cowichan, BC(10:00 am)
  • Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council – Pioneer Plaza (intersection of Front & Bastion Streets), Nanaimo, BC (1:30 pm)
  • Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council – City Hall, Parksville, BC (4:30 pm)

The PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference, which will be held September 30 to October 2, 2011 at the Explorer Hotel and the Yellowknife Inn in Yellowknife, NT, under the theme “The Path that Unites us”.

The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize Aboriginal members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower, unite and engage Aboriginal members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;


PSAC members in good standing and who self-identify as Aboriginal may apply to be a delegate to this Conference. Priority will be given to members who are active on aboriginal workers’ rights in their union or workplace. Priority will also be given to community activist on Aboriginal issues. The selection of delegates will take into account representation such as Region, Component, language, youth, gender and other equity groups.

Delegates will be entitled to full voice and vote during the conference, including the resolutions and elections processes.

Funding for Delegates:

Delegate costs to the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference will be fully covered as per the 2003 PSAC Triennial Convention decision and PSAC Travel Directive. Costs covered are as follows:

  • travel costs, including ground transportation;
  • hotel accommodation costs at The Explorer Hotel and The Yellowknife Inn;
  • loss of salary;
  • per diem for meals;
  • incidental costs;
  • the conference registration fee of $150.00
  • child care as per the Family Care Policy;
  • costs related to accessibility requirements.

For more information and online application, visit the national website.

updated April 18th, 2011

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