Facing Facts and Finding Feelings – NWDLC Black History Month Events

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Facing Facts and Finding Feelings-NWDLC Black History Month Events

We are excited to once again offer events in honour of Black History Month in February. In partnership with the National Congress of Black Women Foundation and the Vancouver and District Labour Council we will be co-presenting two panel discussions on February 9 and 16th at 7:00pm. Each event will run approximately 90 minutes at cover two topics. Through our presentations and resources, we hope to encourage you to look for the truths, find the facts and face the feelings. We have the opportunity to recognize history and work towards a more diverse and inclusive society.

Part 1 – February 9, 2022 – 7:00PM (hosted by VDLC)
Join moderator Alicia Fahrner and speakers Candace Knoll (Racism is a Virus), and Parker Johnson (Anti-Racism, Respect and Inclusion at Work) for an insightful discussion as we honour Black History Month.

Part 2 – February 16, 2022 (hosted by NWDLC)
Join moderator Alicia Fahrner and speakers Parker Johnson (Systemic Racism and Intersectionality) and Candace Knoll (Dismantling and Challenging Racism) for an insightful discussion as we honour Black History Month.


News, Actions & Events

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NWDLC Office Closure



Our office will be closed on Monday, December 20th  and  re-open Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season.


Shared on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress

We are happy to announce that the Canadian Labour Congress is preparing a new flagship campaign on care work and care jobs.

Despite care being essential, these services are often unavailable, inadequate or unaffordable. Even before COVID-19 exposed the gaps and shortcomings in Canadas’ care systems, we were approaching a crisis point. And with the ongoing pandemic, the climate crisis, an aging population and other challenges, it is even more urgent that we address Canada’s crisis in care. 

At the 2021 CLC Convention, delegates adopted various resolutions and policy paper recommendations prioritizing care work – demanding better wages, safer working conditions, stronger systems of care and laws and policies to support care workers. Clearly, strengthening our care economy and advancing decent work for care workers is a major priority for our movement. As we build this new campaign, we are counting on the active engagement and support of all affiliated unions, federations of labour and labour councils to help make it a success.

The campaign will have a soft launch on December 21, and continue throughout the holiday season. Our goal will be to highlight the paid and unpaid care work that is happening all around us, every day. This work does not stop over the holidays – in fact, for many, it increases during this busy season, when many will be gathering with family, friends and community. 

Care work is vital to the wellbeing of our families, communities, and economy, yet, it continues to be undervalued and widely unrecognized. This campaign seeks to change that by engaging Canadian workers and the broader public to think about care work, who is doing it, how we can support and value care workers, and how we can make concrete improvements to Canada’s care system. 

What do we need from you?

The stories of care workers, caregivers and people who need care will be central to our campaign. We want the public and decision makers to understand why care is important, what care jobs entail, and how investing in care would make a difference for care workers and the people who rely on care. We want to hear stories about all aspects of care work – paid and unpaid, in child care, long term care, health care, home care and other care services for the elderly or people living with disabilities.

Stories may be submitted using this form.

While the campaign will expand in 2022 with further consultation with affiliated unions, we need your immediate help to ensure this campaign has an impact when we do our soft launch on December 21. We are creating three distinct action tools for your members to engage in and urge you to promote these tools with your members: 

Add your voice – Sign up for the care campaign and help us fight for a recovery that ensures care workers have better, safer jobs with fair wages and working conditions.

Send a letter – Send a letter to MPs and urge them to invest in the care systems that support those who need and provide care.

Share on social – Tweet your MP and prime minister on social media using our simple share tool. 

We will forward the links to you to share with you lists and on social media by December 21.

We would like a contact person from affiliated unions and federations of labour to help us shape the campaign in the coming months. Please send names and contact information to We will schedule a meeting early in the new year to plan next steps for a campaign that we hope will be flexible, adaptable and effective.

Building an inclusive and equitable recovery means investments in better, safer jobs for care workers and stronger care systems that ensure that all of us have access to quality, public care services.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this important campaign so we can address Canada’s care crisis.

In solidarity,

Bea Bruske




Shared on behalf of the BC Building Trades

On Friday, January 7th, 2022, BC Building Trades Unions will remember the workers who were killed in the Bentall Construction tragedy in 1981. 

We invite you to join us in paying homage to these four workers as well as the over one thousand others who have died in the BC construction industry since then. 

The event will take place at 11:30am. We are hosting an intimate in-person ceremony with the victims’ families and speakers. We encourage members of the community to tune into the livestream broadcast at or on January 7th. We welcome you to send a message to the families using the chat feature on the livestream.

In the past some organizations have elected to send a wreath. Should you choose to do this, we will be using Adele-Rae Florists and they will be delivering directly to the site on the day. They can be reached at

We hope you are able to take time out of your schedule to view the Ceremony and to honour the precious lives lost. If you have any questions, please email:

105-3920 Norland Avenue

Burnaby, BC V5G 4K7

Phone: 604-291-9306 

Facebook: nwdlc  Twitter: @nwdlc

The NWDLC acknowledges that our office is located on the traditional and unceded territory of Coast Salish Peoples including xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territories




Have Your Voice Heard! Data Collection Request

Circulated on behalf of the NWDL on behalf of the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships





December 6 Candlelight Vigil to End Violence Against Women

December 6 Vigil


The Kwantlen Faculty Association is collaborating with other Union, local government, and community groups in a Candlelight Vigil at Holland Park in Surrey (6-7pm). ( A reminder email of this outdoor event will be sent in early December.  


BC Flood Victim Donations

Shared on behalf of LiUNA!, Local 1611

Our thoughts go out to those impacted by the recent flooding across BC, and we stand in solidarity with first responders, city and frontline workers and all who are restoring power, transport connections, supplies, infrastructure and hope. Stay safe.





Labour Movement Honours MacPaps

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Labour movement honours MacPaps


Burnaby, BC- This Remembrance Day as many events are cancelled or downsized again due to COVID-19, local union members are honouring the sacrifice of those who joined the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Delegates of the New Westminster & District Labour Council will place flowers in Ocean View and Forest Lawn cemeteries in Burnaby.

The NWDLC have been placing MacPap flags and flowers at gravesites across the Metro region for the past two years. Today’s labour activists are also helping descendants of some of the MacPaps in their project to locate long forgotten burial sites. This year, with the assistance of cemetery staff they are looking for and will mark the graves of 15 MacPaps believed to be buried in Burnaby.

The MacPaps were part of the International Brigades which came to the aid of the newly democratic Spanish Republic, at the time resisting a military coup led by General Franco and supported by fascist leaders in Germany and Italy. Almost a quarter of the 1500 Canadian volunteers came from BC, and many were working people and labour organizers united in their fight for secure employment, living wages and safer working conditions. Those who had participated in BC’s pivotal labour moments – the Relief Camp workers’ strike, the On to Ottawa trek, the 35-36 Seamen’s strike and the Battle at Ballantyne Pier saw similar struggles in Spain, and the need to fight the rise of fascism in Europe.

Most of the volunteers defied their own government; Canada’s Foreign Enlistment Act made it illegal to volunteer to fight in the war. Their story is not taught at school, not recognized at Remembrance Day ceremonies by Veterans Affairs Canada, by Heritage Canada or as a part of BC labour history. 

The organizers of this November 11th tribute both have personal connections. Ray Hoff, whose father was an American volunteer (joining the Mac-Paps in Spain) started the project in the US and brought it to Canada in 2017. Victoria filmmaker Pamela Vivian’s great uncle was a volunteer from North Vancouver who died in Spain. She is producing a documentary film about the British Columbia volunteers of the International Brigades.


Media Contacts:

NWDLC-Janet Andrews 604-291-9306

MacPaps-Pamela Vivian/Ray Hoff 250-884-3150 or email


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


On behalf of our Executive Board, delegates, and staff, we acknowledge the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on September 30.

We hope folks will use this opportunity to reflect on the history of this country and to commit to stand up and speak out for the rights of Indigenous peoples. Below are some ways to learn about the significance of Orange Shirt Day, and resources that will advance your understanding of reconciliation. 

As part of our commitment to the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we are observing this day by closing our office.



Online (from anywhere)

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc worldwide drumming circle (September 30, 2021, 2:15 pm). Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation is inviting people across the world to simultaneously drum for the missing children of Indian residential schools on the first ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The time, 2:15 pm, was chosen to signify the 215 children found on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May of this year. Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is urging everyone to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song, which can be accessed on YouTube.<>

How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30. CBC Link here.<>

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation hosted by Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. All content is accessible on Thursday, September 30, 2021.  For more information and full event details visit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website<>.

Truth and Reconciliation Talking Circle hosted by University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am). This 90-minute event is open to everyone. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s website<>.<>

Bent Arrow Presents Orange Shirt Day (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm). Facebook Live @BentArrowYEG. Link here.<>

Lex̱éywa Art Activism: A recalling of a residential school experience. Link here.<>


Lex̱éywa Art Activism: A recalling of a residential school experience. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Campus, Evered Hall – S1114 9:00 am – 8:00 pm. Contact<> for more information.


Truth Marking Walk (September 30, 2021, 4:00 pm gather, 5:00 pm walk). Information package attached<>.<>


Drum for the Children: Orange Shirt Day/National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Lafarge Lake. (September 30, 2021, 2:00 pm). Link here.<>

Dawson Creek

Orange Shirt Day March, N.A.R. Park. (September 30, 2021, 3:00 pm). This annual march honours all those who have been affected by the Indian Residential School experience. Participants are encouraged to wear orange. More information and event details can be located on the event organizers’ Facebook page.<>


Family Orange Shirt Days, Okanagan Heritage Museum. (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and October 2, 2021, 10:00 am). Okanagan Heritage Museum. Link here.<>

Maple Ridge

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Community Vigil, Memorial Peace Park. (September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>


National Day of Truth and Reconciliation with Phyllis Webstad (September 30, 2021,11:00 am). P<>oster attached<>.<>


Honouring Our Children & Survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am). Link here.<>

Port Alberni

Orange Shirt Day Walk, Meet at the Harbour Key. (September 30, 2021, 11:00 am). Poster attached.<>

Port Moody

Honouring the Children: Orange Shirt Day, Noons Creek Hatchery. (September 30, 2021, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm) Link here.<>

Prince George

National Truth & Reconciliation Day at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. (September 30th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm). Link here.<>

Prince Rupert

Truth and Reconciliation Walk, Prince Rupert Middle School Track and Field. (September 30, 2021, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm). Link here.<>


Every Child Matters 5K Walk – Tears for the Children, Hope for the Future, Millennium Trail. (September 30, 2021, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Link here.<>


Orange Shirt Day Elders’ Walk with the Britannia Centre. (September 30, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm). Link here.<>

Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm) Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square 850 W. Georgia Street. Link here.<>

Orange Shirt Day: Beans (Filmmaker Q+A) at the Rio Theatre. (September 30, 2021, 4:00 pm). Link here.<>

Orange Shirt Day: Don’t Say its Name (BC Premiere/ Director Q+A) at the Rio Theatre. (September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>


Orange Shirt Day, University of Victoria. (September 29, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm). The day is organized into three events that represent the past, present and future, starting at 9 a.m., noon and 3:30 p.m. Speakers will discuss the history of residential schools and the role of education in reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. Link here.<> The university is also hosting film screenings at Cinecenta on September 27 and 28.

National Reconciliation Day Ride, starting and ending at Centennial Square. (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm). Capital Bike and Victoria Orange Shirt Day are hosting a bike ride in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, with stops at locations of significance to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people where organizers will share stories about each stop’s history. Link here.<>

ReconciliAction Oak Bay, at the Sno’uyutth Welcome Pole in front of Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (September 30, 2021, 10:00 am 11:00 am). A group of community organizations invites residents to an event honouring residential school survivors, their families and the children who never came home. Members of the Songhees Nation will be present to share their wisdom. Link here.<>

Unveiling of territorial acknowledgement plaque, Hampton Park, 3401 Tillicum Road. (September 30, 2021, 11:00 am). Hampton Little League is unveiling a permanent sign in the park acknowledging the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm). Link here.<>

Open house at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street. (September 30, 2021, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm). The art gallery is welcoming visitors to view their two current exhibitions for free, which offer starting points for conversations around reconciliation. Holding Ground is an Indigenous-led exhibition that examines the history and continuation of Indigenous resistance. Link here.<>

ReconciliAction Oak Bay is hosting a film screening of Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket, Canadian College of Performing Arts, 1701 Elgin Road. (October 1, 2021, 7:00 pm). Link here.<>

Williams Lake

Williams Lake First Nations will be holding a ceremony on September 30th to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The ceremony will start at 1:00 pm at the St. Joseph’s Mission site, which will then be followed by a vehicle procession to the Arbor, at which there will be a drum circle at 2.15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Link here.<>

Story Walk (self-guided) – Kiwanis Park, 198 4th Ave North. (September 30, 2021, all day). Link here.<>



  1.  Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Reports and Calls to Action. Link here.<>

  2.  Familiarize yourself with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Link here.<>

  3.  Sign on to the Change.Org petition created by BCTF members Rick Joe and Peggy Janicki. Link here.<>

  4.  Find out what First Nations Territory you reside on and make a point of Acknowledging it. Link here.<>

  5.  Understand the symbolism of the orange shirt. Link here.<>

  6.  Read Indigenous authors and watch Indigenous movies, buy Indigenous-made gifts, listen to podcasts and follow Indigenous news sources. Link here.<>

  7.  Create a Back Pocket Reconciliation Plan. Link here.<>



National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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**September 30, 2021 is Orange Shirt Day**


The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation, who announced more than 200 unmarked graves had been found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is inviting people to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. They have shared a video to help people learn the Secwepemc Honour Song to drum and sing at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 30.

Chief Rosanne Casimir says news of the unmarked graves sparked a global outpouring of support and the invitation offers a way for people to connect. The nation is encouraging participants to teach the honour song in schools, workplaces and at home.


The NWDLC Community and Social Action Committee ordered orange Every Child Matters t-shirts from the Orange Shirt Society. The shirts were provided by Kit and Kaboodle in Williams Lake and $5.00 from the sale of every shirt goes to the Society to support their work. Due to high provincial demand we were only able to source the following sizes at this time:

Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult medium, Adult Large and Adult 3XL.

Shirts are available at a cost of $20 to delegates, with some shirts also being donated to local Indigenous groups.

Please contact the Labour Council office if you would like to pick up a shirt before September 30th, at 604-291-9306 or

Please note, our office will be closed on September 30 in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.



Webinar on Paid Sick Leave for BC Workers

Shared on behalf of the BC Federation of Labour

The BCFED is thrilled to share the details for an upcoming lunchtime webinar – Beyond the Pandemic: Permanent Paid Sick Leave for BC Workers. The event will feature the Honourable Michael Wood, the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety in New Zealand; Dr. Stephanie Premji, Associate Professor in Labour Studies from McMaster; and BC’s very own Kim Novak, President of UFCW 1518. The event is co-hosted by SFU Labour studies with support from Vancity Credit Union.
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Registration link: Eventbrite
Cost: Free to attend

Survey: The Impact of COVID-19 on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Hate Victimization: What do BC Residents Think?

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From SFU’s School of Criminology

Researchers in Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology are seeking information about discrimination and hate victimization during COVID-19 for a study titled: The Impact of COVID-19 on Anti-Asian Discrimination and Hate Victimization: What do BC Residents Think? 

Anyone meeting the study’s selection criteria is welcome to participate, but the researchers are particularly interested in those who have had direct or vicarious experiences with anti-Asian discrimination, victimization, and/or interactions with the police. The study involves anonymous surveys with BC residents to explore their experiences and feelings of safety during the pandemic and learn about perceptions of and relationships with local police. Respondents will be entered to win a gift card upon survey completion. Information:

Please feel free to share this information among your informal networks.

For more information, contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Stephanie Wiley ( or Research Assistant, Emma Wong (