Edmonton Human Rights Committee Meeting Minutes (June 16, 2022 – DRAFT)

The Human Rights Committee discuss issues and plan events relating to PSAC’s Indigenous, Persons With Disabilities, LGBTQ2+ and Racially Visible caucus members. Check out these minutes for current actions and events!

Edmonton Human Rights Committee MEETING

16 JUNE 2022 @1810

In Attendance:      

CHARMAINE NELSON – CHAIR – CEIU 30851

CARM CHAN – PSAC REP

SANJAY RAMTALE – CEIU 30876

CAROL MORRISON – CEIU 30851

MARIE-FRANCE BOUDREAULT – UVAE 30026

DEVINA HARI – CEIU 30851

PATRICIA LOUIE – UHEW 30016

KARIM SOMJI – CEIU 30851                       

Regrets: 

STELLA PARKER – CEIU 30851

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  1. Call to Order:
    • The Meeting was called to order at 18:37 By the Chair Charmaine
  2. Land Acknowledgement for meetings:
    • “I acknowledge that I live and work in Treaty 6 territory and that the land is the traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many other whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.
  3. Review and approval of the previous meeting’s agenda 
    • Passed by concensus by those present. 
  4. Harassment Policy
    • Was read by Carol
  5. Introduction of each participant.
  6. Approval of the Agenda:
    • Carol made a motion to amend the agenda to insert the financial report. 
      Motion 2nd by Devina. Motion carried. 
  7. Reports
    • Devina presented the financial report. May 1st opening balance = 2,153.26 and May closing balance is also 3,153.26 as there have been no expenditures. Motion to accept financial report made by Carol and 2nd by Patricia. Motion carried.
  8. Update on the Committee’s access to funds:
    • Charmaine advised that the committee currently does not have access to our current funds or any additional funds requested, as there is a page missing for submission, from the 2021 reporting package as submitted by herself. The sheet for the financial statement was blank. Charmaine stated that she will submit the missing information as soon as possible. 
  9. New Business:  
    • Charmaine brought the idea of attending the Pride Fest on June 25th at Churchill Square from 11 am to 11 pm, Carm suggested seeing if we could get a table at the venue so that we could represent the committee and hand out pride swag. Charmaine suggested that the group meet at Churchill at 7 pm so as to allow the most participation in the event. . Charmaine to follow up and report back to the committee.
    • Carol advised that there is an Indigenous Celebration going on at West Edmonton Mall on Saturday, June 18th from 2 pm-530 pm. There will be cultural singing and dancing, as well as a magician, and the event is family-friendly. Charmaine stated that since the event is 2 days away, we cannot put a call out but that committee members can use word of mouth to invite members to participate. Charmaine and Carol will attend and Charmaine left her cell phone# with all members at the meeting, for the purpose of coordinating meeting for both events. 
    • Charmaine asked all in attendance if there was anything the group would be interested in doing for September as the committee breaks for July and August due to low interest in committee activity during the summer. Carol stated that September 29th is Orange Shirt Day. It was discussed that the committee could possibly come together to make some cloth orange shirts to give away at Canada Place, along with information about Orange Shirt Day. Committee agreed that this is an excellent idea. Next meeting we will discuss further information about preparing for this event. 
  10. Round Table
    • No one in attendance had anything further to discuss. 
  11. Adjournment:
    • The meeting was adjourned at 20:07
    • Next meeting scheduled for September 1st, 2022