Reconciliation requires solidarity, and solidarity requires reconciliation: Statement by the BCFED on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 29, 2023Today we honour the memories of the Indigenous children whose lives were lost to the residential school system, and the grief of the survivors, their families and their communities.
Standing up against anti-trans hate on September 20, and always
September 18, 2023The British Columbia Federation of Labour stands firmly and proudly with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in the face of a surge of anti-trans hate speech and actions across the country.
Confronting the past and building a just future together: BCFED statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 20, 2023(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement regarding National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21:National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to honor and appreciate the rich cultures, histories... more
Solidarity and celebration in the face of hate: BCFED statement on Pride Month
June 2, 2023The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement by federation president Sussanne Skidmore: Pride was born as an act of protest, led by Black and Latina trans women. It was sparked in defiance of persecution, and an expression of both individual courage and community strength. It’... more
BCFED Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 17, 2023We mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2023 during an especially difficult year for 2SLGBTQIA+ people around the world. We've seen a growing number of hateful incidents. Thankfully, we've also seen strong community responses — and BC's unions have been proud to... more
Action still urgently needed to protect workers’ lives and health: BCFED statement on Day of Mourning
April 28, 2023 | Health, Safety, and CompensationThe BCFED released the following statement on the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace:April 28 is a sacred day for working people: we remember those we’ve lost, and those who have been injured or made sick, because of their work.
BCFED marks Transgender Day of Visibility and the value of “being seen for who we are”
March 31, 2023The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement on the International Transgender Day of Visibility from BCFED President Sussanne Skidmore:Today, we celebrate transgender people: as coworkers, friends, neighbours, family, leaders and members of our community. And we celebrate the... more
BCFED stands in solidarity with US communities fighting for reproductive rights in the wake of Roe vs. Wade repeal
June 24, 2022June 24, 2022 The news of this morning’s announcement from the US Supreme Court officially repealing Roe vs. Wade came as no shock to us. Nevertheless, we are still shocked and disheartened that a decision repealing the human rights of over half the population of one of the world’s G7 countries... more
Hold negligent employers criminally responsible, BCFED says on Westray disaster's 30th anniversary
May 9, 2022 | Health, Safety, and CompensationThirty years ago today, 26 miners died in an instant when methane gas and coal dust exploded in the Westray Coal Mine in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County.To call this catastrophe unnecessary would be an understatement. Workers repeatedly warned about extremely dangerous conditions and practices; the... more
BCFED statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2022(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement: