Because She is Somebody
Update: The PSAC BC team has raised over $3,000 so far and Ceoral A, a member in BC has kindly offered to donate 5 Orange Shirt pins and a handmade embroidered bag, which will be given away in a random draw to everyone who joins the PSAC BC team.
Indigenous members of PSAC BC are issuing a call to action in support of the Tears to Hope Society’s 3rd annual Tears to Hope Relay and Virtual 10K Run taking place on June 26 and 27, 2021, in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Funds raised in this relay go to the Tears to Hope Society and assist them in meeting their mission of providing a healthy and safe community for Indigenous women and girls, through inclusive activities that encourage health and wellness of the body and mind because ‘She is Somebody’ – this message is important and necessary because disgraceful parts of Canada’s history contributes to the need.
It is clear PSAC acknowledges the impacts of systemic racism, be it in our workplaces, in schools, in policing, in the justice system, in healthcare, in our union, and so forth. Many missing and murdered, along with their families, faced dehumanization, discrimination and racism when encountering our various institutions, and the problem is still there.
“It’s no secret that the impacts of systemic racism can be felt across Canada, and our union certainly isn’t immune. Unions, federations of labour, labour councils – we all have a great deal of work to do to eliminate discrimination in all its forms. PSAC recognizes that we need to improve equity and inclusion within our own ranks if we truly want to eradicate racism in our workplaces and communities.” – Chris Aylward, PSAC National President
This relay is one way in which you may take some action. Funding raised supports Indigenous women and girls and aids to eradicate racism by promoting and sharing the message: She is Somebody.
Your participation can aid in the transformation of systemic and societal values that have worked to maintain colonial violence. Please join the PSAC-BC Team (Team Captain: Jill Robinson) or donate at the PSAC-BC – Race Roster page.
Our team has already raised over $3,000. Encourage members in your local and at our various committees to participate. Have fun – invite your friends and family! Let us work to show what we as a union can do!
Join the PSAC BC relay team, help raise money for the Tears to Hope Society, and we’ll enter your name in the draw for one of these great prizes!
All of our relations,
Andre Bessette, Jill MacNeill, Rod Cunningham and Susie Blyth
PSAC BC Regional Council Indigenous Coordinator and Alternates