The BCGEU held a Roundtable for the diverse community of its Aboriginal members. One of the overall themes was that the Indigenous movement and the labour movement are stronger together, like a braid. As a union, the BCGEU knows it is stronger with Aboriginal perspectives. Participants said the union has given their life many things: “A way forward – “someone’s in my canoe”. “Solidarity”. “A part of, not a-part from.” “A way to make a difference in someone’s life.” “Voice – and the BCGEU’s listening.”
I provided graphic recording to support this important work. I’m unionized with Unifor and work in solidarity with many Indigenous organizations, so it was a privilege to connect these perspectives.
Graphic recording is a powerful thinking and reflection tool for participants. For example, on day two of this roundtable, the facilitator used the visuals to walk through a summary of day one. Participants engaged with the images during the roundtable, and afterwards they were distributed and included in the public report to keep the conversation moving forward.
As a participant said, part of Reconciliation is building cultural competency to create culturally safe organizations. If you want to learn more, below the graphic recording images is a great PSAC video called “Justice for Aboriginal Peoples – It’s time.”
Download the full report here: http://www.bcgeu.ca/sites/default/files/campaigns/attachments/Aboriginal-Roundtable-Report-2014-final-web.pdf