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HSA launches Workplace Racism survey

Workers across the country experience racism on the job and in their communities. Alarming patterns of racism in Canada, including acts of Islamophobia, anti-immigrant sentiments, expressions of white nationalism, and the inequitable treatment of Indigenous peoples – while not new – speak to the urgent need for unions to proactively challenge racism and discrimination in its overt and subtle forms.

An historic moment: BC to become first Canadian province to legislate UNDRIP

This morning the BC government introduced Bill 41, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

This bill requires all provincial laws to align with UNDRIP, and is an important and concrete step to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into a provincial legislative framework. Once passed, BC will be the first province to bring the internationally recognized standards of UNDRIP into provincial law.   

Domestic violence and workplace safety: Why policy change is needed

Domestic violence and workplace safety: Why policy change is needed
By Samantha Ponting, HSA Communications

When we talk about health and safety in the workplace, domestic violence issues rarely enter the discussion. Yet for someone who has been awake most of the night from duress, their ability to manage workplace risks and hazards can become a serious issue.

Bear Creek Park, Surrey: Red Dress Gathering to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

As a result of systemic violence, thousands of Indigenous women and girls have gone missing across Canada. This violence is both historic and ongoing.

The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls called this violence "a national tragedy of epic proportion" and a "deliberate and often covert campaign of genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people." 

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