Unionism on Turtle Island course back by popular demand – Apply Now!

The PSAC Prairie region is pleased to offer the Unionism on Turtle Island course December 12-16, 2015 at the PSAC Edmonton Regional Office.

The PSAC Prairie region is pleased to offer the Unionism on Turtle Island course December 12-16, 2015 at the PSAC Edmonton Regional Office.

This course is for PSAC members who:

  • are ready to work as an Ally in solidarity with Aboriginal Peoples in their union, workplace and community;
  • live and work in the Prairie Region;
  • have completed the TUB (Talking Union Basics) course or the NAPC (National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle) course, or have gained equivalent experience through being an active PSAC member;
  • would like to learn more about the issues facing Aboriginal workers;
  • want to challenge barriers to diversity within the union and workplace.

Course Overview:

The Unionism on Turtle Island course will bring together up to 20 PSAC members from across the Prairie Region for an intense five days of talking, learning, laughing, questioning and supporting each other. Participants will explore the history of oppression and resistance, Aboriginal issues at the bargaining table, creating a representative workforce, and opening the union to Aboriginal activists.  This course will provide a comfortable and supportive environment in which participants can explore their attitudes, ideas and questions.  Participants will develop strategies to encourage solidarity and build the union. 

The details:

The PSAC will provide travel, accommodation, meal and incidental allowances, loss of salary, and reimbursement of family care costs, in accordance with the PSAC Travel and Family Care policies. 

We are committed to ensuring that the course participants reflect the diversity of the PSAC membership in the Prairies and we have set aside a minimum of eight seats on the Unionism on Turtle Island course for members of the PSAC’s equality-seeking groups (Aboriginal; Racialized; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender; Persons with a Disability; Women; Young Workers). 

The application period for this course closed on November 18. We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to all those that applied. All applicants will be contacted by November 25, 2015 to advise if they have been accepted as a participant on the course.  Details about travel, accommodation, expenses, etc. will be sent to members selected as course participants by November 25, 2015.

Please refer questions about this course to Judy Shannon, Prairies Regional Education Officer.