June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. CUPE proudly celebrates the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Many CUPE members are planning and attending events across the country.
“Canada’s First Peoples have much to celebrate this year, as the strength, courage and passion demonstrated through the Idle No More movement made headlines across the country and shed new light on the challenges we face to ensure everyone who shares this land is treated fairly and justly,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury in a joint letter to mark the occasion.
CUPE has pledged continued support to Idle No More in its pursuit of social justice.
CUPE also recently launched the Enough is Enough campaign to raise public awareness on water issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada – First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
- Sign the petition at cupe.ca/enoughisenough
The right to water is a human right, yet over 115 First Nations have problems accessing safe drinking water – that’s nearly one in five First Nation communities, affecting thousands of families.
In consultation with our National Aboriginal Council and National Women’s Committee, and in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF), the Enough is Enough campaign is rallying support to acknowledge the water rights of Indigenous peoples.
Posters promoting the campaign and petition are available, and can be ordered from CUPE’s Equality Branch at email@example.com.