Last Saturday saw a great turnout for the Labour Council’s 2021 Indigenous/Workers of Colour Conference.
Rising Above the Storm: Creating the Future We Want featured a moving reflection on the experience of Indigenous peoples on this land, including residential schools, presented by Steelworker Merv King. Amira Elghawaby of theCLC and Canadian Anti-Hate Network described how Muslim Canadians have been impacted by murders in London and what is needed to combatIslamophobia. Keynote speaker RosemariePowell outlined the ground-breaking work of theToronto Community Benefits Network in negotiating effective career paths for BIPOC communities in the trades and professional occupations.
A special thanks goes out to the Equity Committee members and Labour Community Services staff for helping make this day a success, along with the workshop presenters – Megan Carter, Santiago Escobar, Krista Maracle, Teshini Harrison + Kemba Byam Akinbo of the City of Toronto Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, ChrisWilson and Patricia Chong. See Patricia’s recentvideo and the fightback against anti-Asian hate.
IWOC 2021 also featured a remarkable speech by President Andria Babbington, as well as a touching tribute to John Cartwright, the Labour Council's outgoing president who is retiring after 19 years. Watch the entire event now, or check out the playlist that kept attendees dancing throughout the program.