Aboriginal issues

Justice for Aboriginal Peoples -- It's time

About our Aboriginal Rights program

PSAC has been working to protect and defend the rights of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and abroad for decades.

The union’s Aboriginal members work together to strengthen the labour movement’s commitment to Aboriginal rights through research, education, awareness raising and advocacy.

Our Aboriginal Rights program supports member engagement by providing information, resources and training on a wide range of topics including leadership and lobbying.

Our goal is to elevate Aboriginal voices. We are all treaty peoples. 

Updates

June 21, 2017

This summer, Canadians across the country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Indigenous People of Turtle Island, however, will have quite a different perspective of this anniversary.

June 19, 2017

This progress update outlines the Task Force’s key observations that will shape a framework and action plan to address the Task Force’s work before it issues its final report in fall 2017.

May 2, 2017

PSAC’s 2017 National Equity Conference was held last March in Toronto, where delegates from five

April 18, 2017

This year’s federal budget allocates $3.4 billion for Indigenous communities over five years.

January 19, 2017

Bill C-262 provides a framework for the federal government to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

December 8, 2016

Schools in First Nations communities are underfunded and the federal government is far from meeting the same level of investment compared to provincial education systems

Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle works with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to organize Sisters in Spirit vigils every October 4th in memory of the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. PSAC is calling on the federal government to sponsor a full public inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous women.

Safe Drinking Water campaign

The Aboriginal Rights program is working to ensure that Aboriginal communities have access to safe drinking water in every community. This includes advocating for action on the part of the federal government, documenting the impact of unsafe water on communities, and working with allies such as the Assembly of First Nations, Métis national council, and Polaris Institute to achieve real change.

What is the NAPN?

The National Aboriginal Peoples' Network logo, which features a polar bear on the background of a traditional Aboriginal medicine wheel.The National Aboriginal Peoples’ Network is open to any member who self-identifies as Aboriginal (First Nation, Inuit or Métis). Members are able to share information and network with each other through an email listserv and sometimes in person. Several communities across the country have active regional circles that carry out the campaigns and projects of the NAPC.

What is the NAPC?

The National Aboriginal Peoples' Circle (NAPC) was created in 2003 to give Aboriginal members the opportunity to come together and discuss issues that affect them in the workplace, in their communities and at national and international levels.