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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

19 - Martin Luther King Day
27 - Family Literacy Day
27 - International Day of Commemoration of Honour the Victims of the Holocaust
Black History Month
Third Monday * Family Day
14 - Pink Triangle Day
17 - Heritage Day
20 - World Day of Social Justice
8 - International Women's Day
20 - International Francophone Day
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
7 – World Health Day
9 - Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day            
22 – International Mother Earth Day
28 – National Day of Mourning
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
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
1 – Canada Day
18 – Nelson Mandela Int’l Day
9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12 – International Youth Day
19 – World Humanitarian Day
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
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
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)
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

March 21, 2014 - 8:33am •
The Canada Border Services Agency discriminated against a PSAC member on the basis of his age, race and perceived obesity, thereby preventing him from securing permanent employment.
March 20, 2014 - 11:42am •
On March 21, 1960, 69 black demonstrators were killed and 180 were wounded by armed white South African police in the Sharpeville Township. More than 700 shots were fired at black demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the country’s discriminatory laws.
March 18, 2014 - 8:34am •
At PSAC, we support local pride organizations such as Halifax pride. We were proudly represented at Halifax Pride's annual fundraising event: 'Fancy Gay Dress Party'.
December 19, 2013 - 3:56pm •
The members of the PSAC Greater Moncton Human Rights Committee decided unanimously to do something special this year for the International Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on December 10th. All members of the Committee therefore donated their time to the two community kitchens in the Moncton area. They made a schedule and covered both kitchens.
December 9, 2013 - 12:14pm •
HALIFAX, NS – On International Human Rights Day, the Public Service Alliance of Canada will honour  the legacy of founding member Dr. J. Calbert (Cal) Best (1926-2007).  Dr. Best was an African Nova Scotian human rights and labour activist from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the son of Dr. Carrie M. Best and Albert Theophilus Best.  He was co-founder and president of the Civil Service Association of Canada, the pre-curser to the Public Service Alliance of Canada.  On Tuesday, the Halifax Regional Office of the PSAC will dedicate its board room to Best’s life and work.  
October 11, 2013 - 9:40am •
PSAC members were joined by Jeannie Baldwin, PSAC Atlantic REVP and some members from the TG Moncton in the Moncton Pride parade on August 24th, 2013.  The River of Pride Moncton are doing excellent work in the organizing of activities each year.  This year, the parade was on the Saturday instead of the Sunday as usual and it was more family oriented.  Thank you to all participants! 
August 30, 2013 - 2:30pm •
PSAC members were joined by Jeannie Baldwin, PSAC Atlantic REVP and some members from the TG Moncton in the Moncton Pride parade on August 24th, 2013. The River of Pride Moncton are doing excellent work in the organizing of activities each year. This year, the parade was on the Saturday instead of the Sunday as usual and it was more family oriented. Thank you to all participants!
August 12, 2013 - 4:41pm •
How does one even begin to honour the memory of the larger-than-life Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones? Jones was an activist’s activist, a person of prodigious commitment and energy, who struggled tirelessly against discrimination, war, poverty and injustice for half a century. 
June 27, 2013 - 11:32am •
The PEI Human Rights Annual General Meeting was held on June 27th and the Elections were held for the following: President: Debi Buell, acclaimed VP: Heather Ford, acclaimed Secretary: Priscilla Giroux, acclaimed Treasurer: Jody LaPierre, acclaimed
June 17, 2013 - 10:27am •
Saint-John, NB: August 11-17, see more details on their facebook page ‘’saintjohnpride’’   Parade is on August 17   


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