CUPE BC’s Aboriginal Working Group (AWG) is one of four working groups within the
Committee Against Racism and Discrimination (CARD). Its purpose is to provide information, awareness and education to Aboriginal CUPE members within the province, and the CUPE BC executive and membership as a whole.

To promote awareness of our issues we support events, plan gatherings and bring forward resolutions to the annual CUPE BC convention. For a number of years we have supported National Aboriginal Day (June 21) at Oppenheimer Park, Aboriginal Veteran’s Day (November 8) in Vancouver, and various Idle No More events across B.C.

We continue to work with the Provincial and National CUPE executive boards to include awareness training in all education materials and to ensure that we recognize and acknowledge all Aboriginal Nations on whose territory we reside.

Committee members

Leanne Anderson
Local 15
Janet Giesbrecht
Local 4177
Mitch Guitard
Staff advisor
Greg Hallifax
Local 561
Michael Lupo
Local 1004
Debra Merrier
Diversity Vice President Representing Indigenous Workers, Local 728, CUPE BC Executive Board
Kathy Morgan
Local 1
Coralea Thomas
Local 523
Quinton Tutin
Local 4992
Dale Whitford
Local 951