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Human Rights Week: August 23–27

Workers’ Rights are Human Rights

From August 23 to 27, join us online for Human Rights Week!

We’re thrilled to announce our second annual UFCW 1518 Human Rights Week this August. This online event will feature live events on human rights topics with expert speakers. UFCW 1518 Human Rights Week will be a chance to reflect on how can we stand up for human rights in our union and in our communities

UFCW 1518 has been taking bold stances around human rights, supporting communities of colour, LGBTQ2+ people, migrant workers and Temporary Foreign Workers, and working people of all kinds. As a union, we know that workers’ rights are human rights. We’re looking forward to learning from our members’ experiences and sparking important conversations around timely human rights issues this Human Rights Week!

Scroll down to learn more about and register or RSVP for events.

UFCW 1518 Members on the steps of the BC Legislature

Monday, August 23, 5 pm – 6 pm

Facebook Live Keynote Panel: Workers’ Rights are Human Rights

For many decades, the labour movement has taken a leading role in advocating for human rights. Unions have fought for worker protections and advancement while standing up for racialized communities, LGBTQ2SI+ folks, the climate emergency, and other causes that members care about. This keynote panel will address the key human rights discussions going on today. The event will let union members know how to get involved and promote human rights in our workplaces, our communities and in the world.

Wednesday, August 25, 9 am – 1 pm

Taking Action for Truth and Reconciliation

The news of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered in Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc territory has become a catalyst for demanding action and change. This event will help satisfy that need while grounding it in Indigenous practice and tradition. Indigenous members of UFCW will share their stories and provide ideas on what our members can do to take action and take reconciliation into their own hands. The event will be filled with storytelling where participants will learn from an Indigenous panel and take part in prayer and ceremony to honor and remember those we have lost.

Applications are now closed

Registration is limited. Members who are accepted will be booked off.

Thursday, August 26, 9 am – 1 pm

Systemic Racism and Mental Health

All workers have the legal right to a healthy and safe workplace, and that includes a workplace that supports their mental health. Despite this right, workers of colour face unique barriers to accessing quality mental health supports and encounter additional impacts on their mental health due to systemic racism and inequality. This event will introduce the concept of mental health as a human rights issue and discuss the intersecting impacts of racism, colonialism, and class on mental health. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to receive culturally safe support.

Applications are now closed

Registration is limited. Members who are accepted will be booked off.