CAW National Council 4000
Human Rights

Aboriginal/Workers of Colour

The trade union movement was built by the struggles of working people -- including aboriginal/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 aboriginal/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.

On March 21st, our locals and the national union recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. We passed a
National Executive Board Statement in recognition of March 21st. But 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 their issues and 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.

Source:  CAW Human Rights Department