Sandra Ahenakew Report May 2019

Sandra Ahenakew

Indigenous Peoples Rep

Prairie Region Council May 2019


On April 2nd, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) held its first-ever Indigenous Lobby Day on Parliament Hill, which was the first in Canadian labour history.

The event was co-ordinated by the (CLC) and saw more than 130 trade unionists and community allies meet with 78 Senators and Members of Parliament to discuss issues such as missing and murdered Indigenous women, safe drinking water, honouring residential school children, Indigenous education, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

At the opening plenary for the event, we gathered for a traditional smudge ceremony and heard from CLC President Hassan Yussuff, as well as Sixties Scoop survivors and traditional elders. In addition, activists took in several dance performances and received training on effective lobbying.

The lobby day is a great example of solidarity in action, and I was thrilled to participate as the PSAC Prairie Region Indigenous Representative.