Aboriginal Workers & Workers of Colour


Notice of Conference Change

The Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Conference originally scheduled for May 10-12, 2013 is rescheduled for October 25-27, 2013 and will be held at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. 

The trade union movement was built by the struggles of working people -- including aboriginals and workers of colour. Since our inception, these communities have played an active role in the search for fairness and justice. At our first CAW Human Rights Conference in 1986, the issues of aboriginals and workers of colour were formally put on the front burner.

We negotiate anti-harassment programs and no discrimination clauses to send clear messages that racism will not be tolerated.

Our union recognizes March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, following a statement issued by the CAW National Executive Board. However, our anti-racism work goes on throughout the year:


  • We hold national and regional aboriginal/workers of colour conferences;
  • We work with caucuses from across the country to discuss the issues of aboriginal/workers of colour to build activism from within;
  • We have ensured that aboriginal/workers of colour become full participants in decision-making structures through an affirmative action position on our National Executive Board;
  • We build leadership capacity through our 2-week aboriginal/workers of colour activist program

Follow the links below for more information, or email us.