Unionism on Turtle Island-September 20-23, 2018 (4 days)

The PSAC Ontario region is pleased to offer the Unionism on Turtle Island course September 19-23, 2018 in Cornwall, Ontario at the NAV Centre.

This course is for PSAC members who:

☼ are ready to work as an Ally in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in their union, workplace and community;

☼ live and work in the PSAC Ontario region;

☼ have completed the TUB (Talking Union Basics) course or the NAPC (National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle) course, or have gained equivalent experience through being an active PSAC member;

☼ would like to learn more about the issues facing Indigenous workers;

☼ want to challenge barriers to diversity within the union and workplace.

☼ are members in good standing

Course Overview:

The Unionism on Turtle Island course will bring together up to 20 PSAC members from across the Ontario region for an intense four (4) days of learning, questioning and supporting each other. Participants will explore the history of oppression and resistance, Indigenous issues at the bargaining table, creating a representative workforce, and opening the union to Indigenous activists. This course will provide a comfortable and supportive environment in which participants can explore their attitudes, ideas and questions. Participants will develop strategies to encourage solidarity and build the union. The selection of applicants will be based on the responses to the questions on the application form, while also considering representation criteria (equity groups, DCL/Components and geographical area etc.)

Applications must be submitted by end of day on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018.

Please complete the on-line registration form.


In order to foster an environment of solidarity and community, the Unionism on Turtle Island course is an in-residence experience. This means that participants will stay onsite at the NAV Centre. The course is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 19th, 2018 at 9:00 am. Participants travelling from outside of Cornwall, ON should arrange to arrive on the evening of Wednesday, September 19th. The course will adjourn at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018.



We expect participants to travel by the most direct, economical means. Approval of travel plans and funding will be made on a case by case basis, dependent on the participants location and in accordance with the PSAC Travel Policy.

Personal Vehicles and Mileage:

Participants who choose to drive will be reimbursed according to rates in the PSAC Travel Policy. This travel requires prior approval and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Loss of Salary:

Loss of salary will be compensated for any hours that a participant was regularly scheduled to work. With prior approval, loss of salary may be compensated for travel on Wednesday, September 19th for participants travelling more than 150km away from the Unionism on Turtle Island location and who cannot travel after working hours.



Participants will stay at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, ON and all accommodations will be arranged on your behalf.


Family Care:

Family Care costs will be reimbursed as per the PSAC Family Care Policy. http://psacunion.ca/family-care-policy


NOTE: The Unionism on Turtle Island is a harassment free and scent free environment.


In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa, Regional Executive Vice-President, ON Public Service Alliance of Canada

Sheila Karasiewicz, Aboriginal Members Representative, PSAC Ontario Council