National Indigenous Day

In 2015 I had the privilege of moving to Nunavik for work. Prior to relocating, I had little to no knowledge of the culture and population. As I prepared myself with formal training personal research, I became more aware of just how much of an impact Nunavik and Indigenous People had on Quebec and Canadian […]

National Indigenous History Month

The month of June is National Indigenous History Month — a time for all Canadians to celebrate and appreciate the unique histories, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people. We cannot move forward without recognizing the tragic and devastating treatment the indigenous people suffered.   The discovery of a mass grave where 215 children were buried is heartbreaking!  and devastating.  As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so eloquently […]

Pride and Privileged

“In hounour of Pride Month 2021, the UVAE reached out to Sean Williams, a Veterans Affairs Canada employee and Positive Space Ambassador, to write an article for our social media. Please see Sean’s article below. Happy Pride everyone J” Pride and Privileged By Sean Williams When I was asked to write this article, the phone […]

Report of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator – May 2021

I would like to respectfully submit my NEO Update for the period from November 2020 to April 2021 as Equal Opportunities Coordinator (EOC) for the Union of Veterans Affairs employees. In this role, I am a member of the National Diversity and Advisory Committee (NDIAC) and have attended several meetings to ensure our Terms of […]

Report of the Regional Vice-President Quebec Region – May 2021

I have to say that looking back at the past year, as we marked 1 year of isolation, the time seems to have gone by surprisingly fast. All our lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. From being confined within our homes, maintaining physical distancing, the sudden onset of telework and Zoom meetings, we […]

Report of the Regional Vice-President Western Region – May 2021

It is with great pleasure that I am submitting my report that covers the period of September 2020 to March 31, 2021. March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization officially considering COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, Canada has had nearly 900,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 22,000 deaths. I […]