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

January 28, 2016

“Kids win.” That’s how Dr. Cindy Blackstock describes the recent decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finding that there has been widespread discrimination against children who live on reserve.

December 8, 2015

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased to see that the federal government is taking the issue of violence against Aboriginal women seriously by launching an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

October 9, 2014

As a member of PSAC’s National Aboriginal People’s Circle (NAPC), Tanna Pirie-Wilson hears from First Nations organizations that have seen their budgets cut and from Aboriginal union members whose jobs are at risk.

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.