CUPE Ontario is Ontario’s community union. As Indigenous peoples and as settler-allies operating on colonized land, our union has a collective responsibility to recognize and honour the inherent rights and treaty rights of all Indigenous peoples.
First Nations are sovereign nations that possess inherent rights to self-determination. This includes the right to food sovereignty and food security. We specifically recognize and support the right of Indigenous peoples to harvest on their traditional lands, and the importance of this food practice as a form of cultural healing.
Education is a crucial part of Truth and Reconciliation. At CUPE Ontario, we commit to continuing our efforts through our Aboriginal Council and Human Rights Committee to integrate Truth and Reconciliation into all of the work of our union. As part of this commitment, we offer our support to Locals in carrying out educational activities to help teach our members about nation-to-nation relationships and the need to follow and respect the treaties.