Members from CUPE locals across the province headed home from CUPE Saskatchewan’s annual Aboriginal Council Conference inspired to be champions for change. Elections for CUPE Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal Council Committee and the Aboriginal Member to CUPE Saskatchewan’s Executive Board were also held at the conference.
During the two-day conference held on November 20 – 21, 2014 in Prince Albert, delegates learned about the privatization of community infrastructure through public-private partnerships (P3s), the recent sweeping changes to Canada’s election rules by the Federal Conservative Government widely criticized by political parties and election law experts, and the initiatives underway in the union movement to inspire activism.
Featured guest speaker Ernie Louttit, a retired sergeant with the Saskatoon Police Service and author, shared his life experience and advice on leadership. In addition, workshops prepared members for activism to stand up for fairness, public services, and advance the rights and inclusion of Aboriginal Sisters and Brother in their workplaces and communities.
The following are the election results:
CUPE Saskatchewan EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER:
- ABORIGINAL MEMBER – JODI (JOE-ANNE) GOSSELIN (5999)
- ALTERNATE – DAVID MILLER (4777)
CUPE Saskatchewan ABORIGINAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- MEMBER (two (2)-year term) – CARMEL MITCHELL (21)
- MEMBER (one (1)-year term) – KAREN BAILEY (600-3)
- MEMBER (one (1)-year term) – CHERYL BOB-REDSTAR (3967)
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