Save The Date: Discussion on Systemic Racism in the Labour Movement

“It’s no secret that the impacts of systemic racism can be felt across Canada, and our union certainly isn’t immune. Unions, federations of labour, labour councils – we all have a great deal of work to do to eliminate discrimination in all its forms.  PSAC recognizes that we need to improve equity and inclusion within our own ranks if we truly want to eradicate racism in our workplaces and communities.” - Chris Aylward, PSAC National President

PSAC invites you to our upcoming webinar on understanding systemic racism in the labour movement. Presented as a panel discussion facilitated by PSAC-NCR Regional Executive Vice-President Alex Silas, Émilie Nicolas and Eagleclaw Thom, the webinar will help us understand systemic racism by focusing on the question of white privilege:  

  • What is white privilege?  
  • How does white privilege contribute to systemic racism in the labour movement?   
  • What are actions union members and workers can take to identify and challenge white privilege in the labour movement? 

Wednesday, May 26th at 4PM PDT / 7PM EDT / 8PM AST

We are asking all attendees to register in advance for this webinar. 

Vous pouvez aussi vous inscrire à la version française de ce webinaire.

This webinar is open to PSAC staff and members of the community outside PSAC.

Panelist biographies

Eagleclaw Thom is a creative professional currently waiting out the pandemic in Gatineau, QC. Originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Eagleclaw moved to Regina at a young age. He has worked in the arts for over 20 years and has recently transitioned to communications. He is a passionate activist and volunteers his time and work to causes of social justice and sustainable futures.

Emilie Nicolas is a Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the co-founder of Québec inclusif, a movement that actively unites citizens against racism and social exclusion. Her research focuses on the role of a shared language in the connections between Quebec and Haiti. An active bridge-builder, Emilie has co-initiated a coalition campaigning for equality and against systemic racism in Quebec. Her work has been published in several journals, magazines and newspapers, and she is a frequent media commentator, analyst and public speaker on human rights issues.  

Suggested reading before attending this webinar

Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Jeremy Dowsett, What riding my bike has taught me about white privilege

Carol Wall, Dear White Sisters and Brothers: A Letter from a Union Educator


May 14, 2021