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June 21st is NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. The original National Aboriginal Day was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.

We acknowledge that most of our worksites are on unceded First Nations territories, and throughout history, our Union has shown our respect for this. Our Union has a strong history in working with the First Nations communities throughout our province.

While we celebrate today, let us not forget the devastating impacts of colonialism on the First Nations communities and to ensure we are traveling in the proper direction, so history does not repeat itself. We must work with our communities to build sustainable industries, and good jobs for future generations while fiercely protecting our coastlines. Our paths follow the same direction, and we must continue talking and working together.

In closing, we look forward to our provincial and federal governments living up to their promises of reconciliation. ILWU Canada has strived to live by all of our Guiding Principles, as we continue to grow and learn as a Union. We have and will continue to stand with our First Nation leaders, workers and communities.

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All.

In Solidarity,

Rob Ashton


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