Unions and the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Process

November 30, 2020 at 9:30 AM - December 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3
Contact VDLC Office 604-254-0703

About this Event

2 days - November 30 and December 1. Monday and Tuesday / 9:30am to 4:00pm

Please note that this course will be offered in-person, with appropriate precautions in place, if it is safe to do so. If that is not possible, this course will be postponed and added to the Spring 2021 program.

You will be required to wear a mask while in class. These will not be provided.

This course will examine the history and nature of Aboriginal land claims, the inter-generational impact of the residential school system, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and an overview of current Aboriginal issues. The relevance of these issues to the labour movement will be examined and groups will brainstorm ways in which tools such as collective bargaining, contract administration, and political campaigns can be used to advance the goals of the Commission.

Instructor: Conni Kilfoil

Conni Kilfoil is a retired labour and human rights lawyer who, after 28 years in the BC labour movement, continues to be a human rights advocate, facilitator, trainer and mediator, specializing in human rights in the workplace, accommodation of disabilities, and bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Instructor: Tammy Simonds

Tammy Simonds was born and raised in Prince Rupert, on the northwest coast of BC, on unceded Traditional Tsimshian Territory. A Metis, Tammy is a direct descendent, on her mother’s side, of Cuthbert Grant, a leader of the Metis people of the North-West/Red River in the early 1800s. She is currently a member of the Metis Nation of BC.

Tammy became a CUPE National Representative in the Terrace Area Office in 1999, where she serviced a number of Indigenous locals of CUPE, including the Lax kw’alaams Band Council, the Nisga’a School District, the Kitselas Band Council and Northern Native Broadcasting. Tammy was a staff advisor to CUPE BC’s Committee Against Racism and Discrimination and was part of the team that organized the first Aboriginal Gathering of CUPE members in BC, which took place in Terrace. She retired from CUPE in 2011.


Pre-registration is required as course space is limited - registration is open to all, union membership is not necessary. If class space is full please contact Elizabeth via email at office@vdlc.ca or phone 604-254-0703 to put your name on the waitlist.


Fees include material. Cancellations must be received 5 working days prior to course start for a refund. No-shows will be charged the full course fee. Exceptions on a case-by-case basis.


The Vancouver and District Labour Council acknowledges that its offices reside on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

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Unions and the Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Process