Report to the PSAC Atlantic Regional Council – November 2015
Constituency (area, equity, etc.):Aboriginal Director
Activities since the last Regional Council meeting
How it fulfilled my role on the Regional Council
April 15, Greater Moncton Area Council meeting. (Moncton, NB)
I attended the Greater Moncton Area Council meeting in my role as the National Aboriginal People Circle Atlantic male representative. At the time I was working on a project to have a booth at the Moncton Market on National Aboriginal Day. I attended the meeting to secure funding and support to make this event a possibility. The area council pledged 100$ to help cover cost and Sister Shanny Doucet committed to assist me on the day of the event. Also as a member of the Political Action Committee for PSAC Atlantic Council, it is our mandate to help the Area Councils.
May 13, Greater Moncton Human Rights committee meeting. (Moncton, NB)
I attended the Greater Moncton Human Rights Committee meeting in my role as the National Aboriginal People Circle Atlantic male representative. At the time I was working on a project to have a booth at the Moncton Market on National Aboriginal Day. I attended the meeting to secure funding and support to make this event a possibility. The Human Rights Committee pledged 100$ to help cover cost and Brother Farid Tourkmani, Brother Frank Landry, Sister Stephanie Scott and Sister Lorraine Gallant committed to assist me on the day of the event.
May 14, CIU Bargaining Conference call
Upon the request of my branch President, I attended CIU Atlantic Bargaining Conference call on his behalf. During this call we discussed about having events coast to coast during the first week of June to denounce the cuts to public sector and the way bargaining is going. Following this call, myself and the rest of the executive of CIU NB & PEI branch decided to hold a Public BBQ and a march to MP John Williamson’s office on June 5th. The event was a success, around a 100 people came to enjoy the food.
June 5th, Treasury Board Strike Coordinator meeting. (Moncton, NB)
I was selected to represent the FB group as the strike coordinator for New Brunswick. During this meeting we had presentation done by members of the PA and TC bargaining tables. We strategized on different events to have in New Brunswick during National Public Service Week.
June 18, National Human Rights Committee conference call.
As the Aboriginal director on council, I get to sit on the National Human Rights Committee’s Aboriginal working group. During this call we discussed when will be the next National Equity Conference, March 24-28, 2017. The next meeting will be held in Ottawa on November 2-4, 2015.
June 20th, National Aboriginal People Circle/PSAC booth at the Moncton Market. (Moncton, NB)
We held a booth at the Moncton Market to bring awareness to members of the general public about Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. This event was a success. We were able to gather close to 400 signatures on the petition, asking for a Public Inquiry. When we would approach members of the public to sign the petition, they were reluctant at first but once you brought them the facts, they would sign it right away. It wouldn’t have been such a success without the help of Brother Farid Tourkmani, Brother Frank Landry, Sister Stephanie Scott, Sister Lorraine Gallant and Sister Shanny Doucet.
July 23rd, Meeting with NDP candidate for Madawaska-Restigouche Rosaire L’Italien. (Edmundston, NB)
During this meeting, we talked about multiple issues like Veterans, Public Servants, Aboriginal Issues, EI. After this meeting I realized that the platform of NDP aligns with my personal values. I decided to offer my help to M. L’Italien with his campaign to remove my current Member of Parliament Benard Valcourt, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
July 29th, Meeting with NDP candidate for Madawaska-Restigouche Rosaire L’Italien. (Edmundston, NB)
During this meeting I was selected to be the President of NDP for the Madawaska-Restigouche riding.
July 30th, Meeting with Thomas Mulcair, Yvon Godin, Rosaire L’Italien, the Chief and the Council of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. (MMFN, NB)
This meeting was very beneficial, we talked about transfers between First Nations and Indian Affairs, land claims and the process, economic development of First Nations Communities, environmental issues, and Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. M. Mulcair reiterated again that within the first 100 days in power the NDP would sanction a Royal Commission on the over 1200 missing or murdered Aboriginal women.
August 22-23, Esgenoôpetitj Pow Wow. (Burn Church, NB)
With the help of former National Aboriginal People Circle Atlantic Region Female rep and Member of the Esgenoôpetitj First Nation Sister Barb Paul, I will set-up a PSAC booth to gather more signatures for a Public Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. I will also be sharing information on documents Aboriginal People will need to vote in this year’s Federal Election with the changes to election act. Also this will give me a great opportunity to network with fellow PSAC members.
August 29th, Steward’s Meeting. (Moncton, NB)
I will be attending the steward’s meeting in Moncton with the National President Sister Robyn Benson. This meeting is about the upcoming Federal Elections and the “Let’s Talk About It” toolkit.
August 31st, Employment Equity and Diversity conference call.
Has the co-chair of the CBSA Atlantic Employment Equity and Diversity committee, I attended the conference call to make the selection of the attendee for this year Women in Law-Enforcement Conference.
September 3rd, PSAC Atlantic Council conference call.
I attend the conference call has the Aboriginal Director, this call was about the cancelation of the Atlantic Council meeting schedule for September 17 to the 19. This call was chaired by the National President Sister Robyn Benson.
November 2nd and 3rd, PSAC National Human Rights Committee meeting. ( Ottawa, ON)