SFL TAKES POSITIVE STEP TO INDIGENIZING OUR MOVEMENT
By Tracy Seidel, SFL aboriginal committee chairperson
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) now has an exciting new agreement with the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS). This agreement has been a long time in the making, and is another positive step towards our efforts of Indigenizing our labour movement.
On September 26, 2014 SFL president Larry Hubich, MNS president Robert Doucette, and the SFL Aboriginal vice-president Tracy Seidel met at the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan office in Saskatoon to sign the Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between the SFL and MNS.
The reason for this agreement is that we are aware that Métis persons are under-represented in the provincial labour force. Our initiatives are specifically designed to encourage Métis workers to participate in and be integrated into the provincial unionized labour force.
We agree to work together to identify possible solutions to issues related to employment by:
- Developing strategies to improve participation of Métis people in the provincial workforce, including both short term and long term goals;
- Promote the recruitment, retention and training of Métis people in the unionized sector;
- Identify barriers that may discourage or prevent Métis people from entering and remaining in unionized occupations;
- Promoting cross cultural awareness workshops;
- Supporting the career development of Métis people employed in the unionized sector;
- Develop a strategy related to a plan of action with regard to working together in the areas of mutual interest.
The SFL aboriginal committee is very excited by this new agreement and the opportunity to work with the Métis Nation. It is also our hope with this agreement, that other First Nation and Métis groups will see the SFL as a welcoming federation that they will want to form their own partnership agreements with.