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Human rights

The PSAC Human Rights Program is based on a mobilizing approach, rather than an advocacy approach. This means that the union provides support to members from equity groups to discuss, identify and strategize around how to best address issues of particular concern to them.

Equity and Human Rights Calendar

JANUARY
19 - Martin Luther King Day
27 - Family Literacy Day
27 - International Day of Commemoration of Honour the Victims of the Holocaust
 
FEBRUARY
Black History Month
Third Monday * Family Day
14 - Pink Triangle Day
17 - Heritage Day
20 - World Day of Social Justice
 
MARCH
8 - International Women's Day
20 - International Francophone Day
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
 
APRIL
7 – World Health Day
9 - Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day            
22 – International Mother Earth Day
28 – National Day of Mourning
 
MAY
Sexual Abuse/Assault Prevention Month
1st Full week * North American Occupational Health and Safety Week
1st week  * International Youth Week
1st Week * Nat’l Mental Health Week
After Victoria Day * Aboriginal Awareness Week
1 – May Day
3 – World Press Freedom Day
12 – Canada Health Day
15 – International Day of Families
17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
25 – National Missing Children’s Day
 
JUNE
1st Week * Canadian Environment Week
1 – Injured Workers’ Day
5 – World Environment Day
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – National Aboriginal Day
26 – International Day of Support of Victims of Torture
27 – Canadian Multiculturalism Day
 
JULY
1 – Canada Day
18 – Nelson Mandela Int’l Day
 
AUGUST
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12 – International Youth Day
19 – World Humanitarian Day
 
SEPTEMBER
1st Monday * Labour Day
8 – International Literacy Day
21 – International Day of Peace
23 – Bi Visibility Day
Last Sunday * Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day
 
OCTOBER
Child Abuse Awareness Month
Women’s History Month
Healthy Workplace Month
1st week * Mental Illness Awareness Week
2nd Week * National Citizenship Week
2nd Week * National Family Week
3rd Week * Amnesty International Week
10 – World Mental Health Day
11 – National Coming Out Day
17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 – National Persons Day
24 – United Nations Day and World Development Information Day
26 – Intersex Awareness Day
 
NOVEMBER
Woman Abuse Prevention Month (Ontario)
2nd Week * National Veterans’ Week
11 – Rememberance Day
16 – International Day of Tolerance
20 – Transgendered Day of Remembrance
20 – National Child’s Day
25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 Nov. to 6 Dec. – National White Ribbon Campaign (Men against Men’s Violence Against Women)
 
DECEMBER
1 – World AIDS Day
2 – Internation Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 – International Day for Persons with Disabilities
6 – National Day of Rembmerance and Action on Violence Against Women
10 – International Human Rights Day

September 5, 2019 - 4:35pm •
Members of the PSAC Greater Moncton Human Rights committee along with the National Indigenous People Circle Male Representative and Atlantic Region Aboriginal Director on the PSAC Atlantic Regional Council, Joey Dunphy were present at the Moncton Farmer’s Market on July 6th, 2019 to bring awareness to the general public on the issue of safe drinking water for First Nation communities in Canada.  There are still 125 Aboriginal communities that are currently under boil-water advisories. Some have been for years. 
September 5, 2019 - 4:21pm •
PSAC MEMBERS from various locals and regional committees from Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton participated in their respective PRIDE events in New Brunswick.
September 5, 2019 - 11:44am •
August 19, 2019 - 3:03pm •
The 2019 Greater Moncton Pride week will be from August 24th to August 31st, 2019. 
June 17, 2019 - 12:38pm •
The Breaking the Silence (BTS) project is supported by the PSAC Social Justice Fund.  BTS engages members to deepen their understanding of Guatemala and to build solidarity with Mayan communities. Breaking the Silence https://www.tatacentre.ca/index.php/partnerships/bts (English only) is organizing a delegation to travel to Guatemala in 2019 to work with and learn from grass roots organizations empowering communities.
May 27, 2019 - 12:32pm •
Regional Human Rights Committees play an active role in the education of members, employers and communities about human rights issues.  They act as a resource to members on human rights issues, as well as a hub of activism.  These committees are established in accordance with Section 15 of the PSAC Constitution which enables the establishment of regional equity committees representing any of the four equity groups, or human rights committees, representing all of the four equity groups.
May 14, 2019 - 12:10pm •
As your Director for LGBTQ2+(Pride) members on the PSAC Atlantic Council, I will soon be joining many PSAC members within the Atlantic Provinces and across Canada, and people around the world in recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. I would like to invite you to join me on this day in celebrating our diversity and bringing attention to the fact that LGBTQ2+ rights are human rights.
May 9, 2019 - 5:23pm •
May is Asian Heritage month, a month when we celebrate the contributions workers from East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia have made to our communities and to our union.  This month we also reflect on the sacrifices generations of Asians Canadians have made in this country and the adversity they have overcome.  Celebrations will take place during the month of May, as will discussion and debate around finding collective solutions to end systemic racism.
March 31, 2019 - 9:55am •
March 31 is the International Day of Trans Visibility – a day to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.
March 21, 2019 - 9:59am •
On March 21, 1960, sixty-nine people were killed and 180 were wounded after police opened fire at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws.” A few years later in 1966, March 21st was proclaimed the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

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PEI - Human Rights Committee Meeting September 30, 2019 • CHARLOTTETOWN
PEI - Human Rights Committee AGM November 18, 2019 • CHARLOTTETOWN