The reckless actions of the Harper Tories in spying on Dr. Cindy Blackstock, child welfare advocate, the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), and a UFCW Canada national community partner, is disturbingly reminiscent of Senator Joseph McCarthy who terrorized Americans with the Red Scare during the 1950s, and utilized that fear to create a chilling effect on those who advocated for basic decency and human rights.
Recently, UFCW Canada joined its community partner, KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, in culminating its Roll with the Declaration campaign in Ottawa. More than 500 travellers, banner makers, indigenous elders, religious leaders, community activists and supporters gathered at Victoria Island on Algonquin territory (a.k.a. Ottawa, Ontario).
August 9th is observed each year as the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People. This was the date when the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights had its first meeting in 1982.
UFCW Canada social justice activists recently came out in force to learn and support in "Walking in Our Moccasins", a second Aboriginal Gathering sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Aboriginal Circle in Port Elgin, Ontario.
More than 1,900 women activists, students, researchers and trade unionists recently gathered in Ottawa, July 3 to 7, for the 2011 Women's Worlds Congress. UFCW Canada was one of the event's sponsors, which every three years draws participants from around the world to explore how issues like equality, human rights, economics, labour rights, and education impact women.