PEA Webinars

Evidence for Democracy Webinars

In June of 2020, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) worked with our GLP chapter to release Spotlight on Integrity, an in-depth report looking at the state of scientific integrity and science capacity in BC. The report, based on survey responses from GLP members, outlined ongoing challenges facing scientific professionals in the provincial government and laid out key recommendations for addressing those gaps. 

With a new provincial government here in BC, all PEA members have an opportunity to connect with their representatives about the issues that matter to their chapter. We are welcoming all members to attend the following E4D webinars: 

Session 3: Science Policy 101
March 29, 12 p.m. PST. Presented by Dr. Jeff Kinder
Register here

This session will provide an overview of the intersections of science and policy, discuss why science policy matters, and talk about ways of engaging with science policy and moving forward evidence-based decision-making.

Session 4: Myths and misconceptions around advocacy
or public servants
Date and speaker details TBC.

Session 5: Putting it all together - Hands-on workshop 
Date and Speaker details TBC. 

There are limited spots for this webinar and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, the session will be recorded and will be made available to those who are unable to attend. No union leave will be provided for this lunch-time webinar. Members will also receive an accompanying toolkit to help guide engagement work. 


Indigenous Cultural Safety Workshops

The PEA is looking forward to welcoming Indigovation, a 100% Indigenous owned and operated consulting group to facilitate two virtual workshops on Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS).

Before signing up for either of the workshops, please consider whether you have attended any prior courses or workshops on Indigenous Cultural Safety. If you are a new participant and learner, please sign up for the Foundation Learning Workshop. Only chose the Introductory Workshop if you have participated in previous Indigenous Culture Safety learning.

Please keep in mind that these workshops are deeply impactful and require opportunities for both digestion and debriefing, along with space and opportunities to scaffold the learning. Each workshop is limited to 30 members each and registration is first-come, first-served. Union leave is available. 


The ICS facilitators for both workshops are experienced professionals that have provided in-depth ICS learning to hundreds of participants.

Michele (Lagius) Mundy (MACAM, BA,CYC) – Kwakwaka’wakw from the north end of Vancouver Island and a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay), living the majority of her life on the unceded territory of the Songhees & Esquimalt Nations, the Lekwungen speaking peoples. Michele holds specific expertise in education and facilitating Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) education and has facilitated ICS training since 2010.  Michele’s diverse experience and educational background translates to being able to provide training for various sectors of society. Community connections are extremely important, along with traditional teachings Michele has received throughout her life. She works to ensure Indigenous voices are heard and upheld in all projects. Ongoing contracts for ICS training include various government agencies throughout BC, colleges & universities, policing, non-profit organizations, sports and recreation, Indigenous communities and organizations.

Harley Eagle (MACAM) – Dakota/Ojibway from the Whitecap Dakota reserve in Saskatchewan. Harley has lived in BC for almost 25 years and is currently living on the unceded territory of the K’omoks First Nation. In 2014 he took a position with Island Health as a Cultural Safety Facilitator. His role was to initiate and implement cultural safety practices and values throughout the entire organization that create safe settings for Indigenous patients, families, and communities. In 2018 Harley reduced his role at Island Health and increased his consulting practice to full time. Island Health remains as one of his contract clients. Since 2003, Harley has been a consultant specializing in conflict management strategies, anti-racism/anti-oppression, trauma informed practice, and cultural safety training and initiatives. Decolonizing, talking circles and other circle processes are a foundational element to his work as he strives to recall and re-claim Indigenous understandings of life.


ICS Foundational Learning Workshops

  • March 2, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST FULL

  • March 11, 2021 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. PST FULL

  • March 12, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST FULL

  • March 12, 2021 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. PST FULL

Each virtual workshop can accommodate 30 members and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Union leave is available. 

Members will receive confirmation of their attendance after registration based on the amount of space remaining

Participants will begin to understand historical relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and the ongoing impact. A focus on Canada’s historical policies targeted toward Indigenous people such as the 1876 “Indian” Act, reserve systems; institutions like, “Indian” Residential Schools and “Indian” Hospitals, along with policies that continue to impede free choice and mobility for Indigenous people. The historical and broad perspective is meant to engage participants in learning that deepens understanding of Canadian colonization, its legacy, impacts and ongoing implications on all of our work and lives. Opportunities to debrief and deepen understanding will take place at the end of the session.


ICS Introductory Workshops: Conflicted Relations

  • March 2, 2021 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. PST FULL

  • March 30, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST FULL

  • March 30, 2021 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. PST FULL

Each virtual workshop can accommodate 30 members and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Union leave is available. 

Members will receive confirmation of their attendance after registration based on the amount of space remaining.

Only chose this workshop if you have previous Indigenous Culture Safety experience or learning.

This workshop builds on participant’s previous learning or experience with ICS. The focus will be on providing learners with a deepened awareness of the continued impact for Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships. Group dialogue will provide opportunities for participants to engage with facilitators: explore myths and misconceptions about Indigenous peoples and examine how this influences both policies and practice. Our conversations build in TRC Calls to Action, MMIWG report, UNDRIP and how organizations are implementing these national commitments.

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2020 to January 2021 issue includes a look into the work of BC's provincial apiarist.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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