Approximately 75 Indigenous members, leaders and allies gathered online to take part in UFCW Canada’s Fifth Annual National Indigenous Rights Conference. Held on June 2, 2021, the conference theme was entitled, “Grounding Our Indigenous Spirit” and called upon participants to reflect on the diverse ways Indigenous rights are embedded in activism, culture, language and healing.
Hosted by UFCW Canada and envisioned by the Indigenous Sub-Committee, including 1006A members Gloria Elstone and Shane Morse, the conference highlighted the commitment and dedication of sub-committee members who spent many months curating this special gathering.
The conference followed the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation discovery of the remains of 215 children near the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School. UFCW Canada Resident Elder Eric Flett opened the conference with a special teaching and candle lighting ceremony in memory of the children.
You can read more about the conference at www.ufcw.ca