Statement on Reconciliation

Publish date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 news

As the number of mass burial sites and unmarked graves continues to grow, including those from the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, we mourn with Indigenous people across Canada. The intergenerational trauma, loss of life, and cultural genocide these communities have experienced as a result of the atrocities committed by the Canadian government and Catholic Church is a difficult truth that we must acknowledge.

It has been six years since the federal government was invited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate these burial sites, yet only now is funding being provided. Such lack of action is unacceptable. We call on the federal government, in support of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, to take action on all 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.  As settlers, we all have a responsibility to do our part by advocating for reconciliation but also mourning this heartbreaking history and grieving for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit lives that were lost.

The PEA will continue to do the work to support meaningful reconciliation by providing education to our members on the history of the Residential School System, acting in solidarity with the survivors, and advocating for Indigenous rights. 

If you aren’t familiar with this history, now is the time to learn. Read the TRC report, connect with elected officials and tell them to take action. You can also donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society of BC:

Scott McCannell
PEA Executive Director

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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.

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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. 

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