PSAC welcomes new members from Queer Yukon Society (QYS) working throughout the Yukon in Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake. Officially incorporated in 2018, QYS employees work in community outreach, promoting and organizing programs and events for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and allies.
“Collective action allows us to make change,” says Mira Sirois, Queer Yukon Society bargaining unit spokesperson. “We wouldn’t be where we are now, have the rights and supports that currently exist, without group organization. An individual has limited reach, but a community is an empowering force that can make systemic change happen.”
“On behalf of PSAC North, I want to welcome Queer Yukon Society employees to our union family,” says PSAC North Regional Executive Vice President Lorraine Rousseau. “You've always gone above and beyond in working to defend 2SLGBTQIA+ rights and creating positive space in the Yukon. We look forward to your participation and engagement in the union."
As Yukon Pride Month kicks off for August 2022, this win assures that members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community no longer have to rely on precarious work in the Yukon.
QYS is located on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch’än Council, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, the home of the Liard First Nation and the traditional territories of the Kaska Dena Council.