Aboriginal Workers & Workers of Colour Conference
November 19, 2009, 10:47 AM EST
Challenges and opportunities for renewal was the theme at the heart of the 2009 CAW Aboriginal Workers and Workers of Colour (AW&WOC) conference.
The conference brought together nearly 80 CAW activists to the union's Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. The weekend conference focused on building workers' skills and confidence to participate actively in the union, whether in their workplace or in their community.
"The challenges Aboriginal workers and workers of colour face in Canada are unique and it is vitally important that our union continue to create inclusive and supportive spaces for our members to identify solutions and build solidarity," said CAW Human Rights Director Vinay Sharma.
Guest speakers included CAW President Ken Lewenza, as well as Saugeen First Nation Chief Randall Kahgee and Education director Gayle Mason Stark, who spoke on the important role local union's can play, alongside First Nations communities, to foster awareness of Aboriginal issues.