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The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased to see that the federal government is taking the issue of violence against Aboriginal women seriously by launching an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“Our union is committed to supporting the government inquiry and to standing up for the rights of all Indigenous women in Canada,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. 

The Public Service Alliance of Canada applauds the federal government’s decision to re-open Veterans Affairs offices in nine cities within one year.

“The announcement from Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr that the nine offices will re-open within a year is a significant victory for all of the veterans and advocates who worked so hard on the campaign to reopen the offices. We are ecstatic that veterans will have access to in-person services once again,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were gunned down by Marc Lepine as he chanted “I hate feminists” at Ecole Polytechniques in Montreal. They were murdered because they were women.

Sadly this is far from a single event. The harsh reality is that upwards of 300 women and children flee violence every day in Canada and sorrowfully, many do not make it out alive.

December 6th is a day for us to band together, to mourn and remember, not only for these 14 women but for all our Sisters who suffer gender-based violence.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pleased with the release of the Mental Health Joint Task Force report today. It is an important step in improving federal public service workplaces.

Task Force created through collective bargaining

PSAC pushed for the establishment of a joint task force in the current round of bargaining with Treasury Board.  An agreement was reached in March 2015.

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has been estimated to be nearly 1 billion people worldwide. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.

This day honours those who have lost their lives by murder or suicide, as a result of transphobia – the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming persons. Although not every victim may have self-identified as transgender, that is, as a transsexual or otherwise gender-variant, each was a victim based on a bias against members of this group.