New video marks U.N. Day of Indigenous Peoples
WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2021 /CNW/ – Unifor will commemorate the United Nations Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a new video that showcases the work carried out by volunteers to “Drag the Pink” River for lacking individuals.
“Unifor is dedicated to supporting the households of lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies, ladies, and two-spirited peoples,” mentioned Jerry Dias, Unifor Nationwide President. “The place governments and police proceed failing the households, Unifor members are stepping as much as assist.”
In 2020, Unifor assisted the marketing campaign by buying a brand new custom-built boat after the earlier boat started experiencing issues. Drag the Pink was co-founded by Winnipeg NDP MLA Bernadette Smith following the loss of life of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in August 2014. Outrage over Tina’s loss of life galvanized the neighborhood and helped to spur a Nationwide Inquiry into MMIWG2S.
Watch the new video documenting the Drag the Pink boat launch and the historical past and context of this necessary challenge.
“We’re a grassroots group—we do not get funding from wherever. We have been so lucky to be related with Unifor. With out them we would not have been capable of have this boat,” mentioned Smith, who co-founded the Coalition of Households of Lacking and Murdered Girls in Manitoba after her sister Claudette went lacking.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union within the non-public sector, representing 315,000 staff in each main space of the economic system. The union advocates for all working folks and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and overseas, and strives to create progressive change for a greater future.
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