Water First donation put to good use!

As you may remember, this year our union donated $200 to the organization Water First.  Below is an article showing the great work that Water First does in the community.  For more information check out their website at http://waterfirst.ngo/


Water quality testing workshopWater First visited Kikendaasogamig /Cape Croker Elementary School and the Chippewas of Nawash community for two days of Hands on Water Science Days in May, courtesy of NSERC Science Odyssey Days 2018.Students spent a fun, interactive first day with four in-class water science workshops learning about the effects of pollution in their watershed and examined freshwater insects under the microscope. Primary students were able to participate in a colourful, interactive storytelling workshop about water pollution and fish. We also flew a drone to survey the school area and neighbourhood to identify sources of pollution.Water quality testing in the environmentOn Day 2, students, teachers, workshop instructors and an indigenous local elder travelled by bus to Cape Croker Park in Sydney Bay for an exciting outdoor water science exploration, applying what they learned the previous day. After a short hike to a wetland area with water testing equipment, bug nets and identification cards, students took water samples to check water quality and searched for a variety of fresh water bugs and wildlife. The local elder shared traditional indigenous knowledge of the area, water and wildlife.

It was an exciting two days of interactive water sciences learning. The students, teachers, and administration of Kikendaasogamig School warmly and enthusiastically welcomed Water First staff, which made the event a memorable one.

Everyone at Cape Croker Elementary School

Donations to CUPE locals on strike

As announce at the May 14th union meeting, the executive decided to sent $200 each to two locals who are on strike.  Below is a little bit of info on each local:

CUPE Local 3903

Three thousand members of CUPE Local 3903 at York University have been on strike for two months with no end in sight.

Following six months of bargaining, the employer has refused to remove concessions from its offer. The university administration also refused to address the key issues that have led to the strike: job security for contract faculty, the stability and predictability of funding for teaching and graduate assistants, the loss of more than 800 graduate assistant positions, and support for survivors of sexual violence. These contract and precarious members perform over 60% of the teaching occurring at York University.


CUPE Local 5317

Members of CUPE Local 5317 (Viterra – Port of Montréal), approximately 51 members in total, have been locked out by their employer for two months with no end in sight. These members are trying to achieve a first collective agreement, but the employer is closing the door on all the local’s issues.

These members are fighting to achieve equity regarding salaries and schedules with the other CUPE members at Port of Montréal.

All attempts to negotiate these issues have been dismissed by the employer.

CUPE 410 donates $500 to support Indigenous victims of mining repression

“Thirteen Q’eqchi’ plaintiffs, suing Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Guatemalan subsidiary company, formerly owned by Hudbay) for mining related repression, are coming to Toronto, Canada (11 of them in November 2017; 2 more in early 2018) to be deposed by Hudbay lawyers as part of the precedent setting Hudbay/CGN lawsuits…

Funds raised are paying for many of the costs of the 13 plaintiffs (and two accompaniers) travelling from their home communities in rural, eastern Guatemala, to Toronto and back again.  Eleven of the plaintiffs are uni-lingual Q’eqchi’ speakers who have never travelled outside of Guatemala, let alone travelled in a plane.  As Hudbay will incur some of the expenses, our costs include: in-Guatemala travel; in-Canada travel; food and lodging in Guatemala (near airport); acquiring passports & visas; purchasing extra clothing and footwear (for people who live in one of the hottest regions of Guatemala); family stipends to leave food and care-givers for children staying at home; two Rights Action trips to Guatemala in October, to help prepare the plaintiffs for the trip and accompany them.”

  • Exerpt from “Indigenous plaintiffs come to Toronto, Nov.6-25, to be deposed by Hudbay Minerals lawyers:  Is Justice Possible in Canada or Guatemala for Hudbay Minerals/CGN Mining Repression?”


If you’re interested in reading more about this court case, you can access the complete article here.

There is also additional information at the Mining Justice Action Committee website http://mjacvictoria.ca/