Welcome

Welcome to the New Westminster & District Labour Council website.

The New Westminster & District Labour Council (NWDLC) is a community-based central labour organization representing trade union members at the local level. We are a chartered organization of the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada’s national voice for workers and their families.

Our goal is to ensure that our communities and our elected representatives  at all levels of government in Canada respond to the needs of people and families.

*We are getting a fair number of email bounce backs lately when sending out the weekly e-blast or links to the monthly regular meetings. If you have not received either or both of these, please call the Labour Council office at (604) 291-9306 to request them. Thanks!

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*Trigger warning*

In light of the horrifying and heartbreaking news last week that 215 children were found buried in an mass grave at Kamloops Indian Residential School the NWDLC and C&SA committee Co-Chairs have postponed our committee meeting for this Wednesday June 2 so that those who are able may attend the Remember the Children vigil in Vancouver.  We stand in solidarity and sorrow with the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation and survivors of the Residential school system and intergenerational trauma.

If you are a survivor of the Indian Residential School system or inter-generational trauma there are supports available:

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society https://www.irsss.ca/home

Their mandate is

“To assist First Nation Peoples in British Columbia to recognize and be holistically empowered from the primary and generational effect of the Residential Schools by supporting research, education, awareness, establishing partnerships, and advocating for justice and healing. The Society assists Survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops and more.”

IRSSS Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066

24hr National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717

Tsow-Tun-Le Lum: 1-866-925-4419

For non-Indigenous delegates wanting to take action, here are some suggestions and resources:

From IRSSS

Learn about the impacts of the Indian Residential School system

  • Read the TRC’s 94 recommendations
  • Contact your MPs and local officials
  • Actively listen to people of First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds
  • Stand up to stereotypes, prejudice and systemic racism
  • Have conversations with your family and friends (even children)
  • Be respectful towards trauma survivors and elders
  • Support Indigenous-led community organizations
  • Be patient, empathetic & receptive (it’s distressing for everyone)
  • Raise awareness in your community/online (wear orange)

Read Volume 4 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Residential School system: https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Volume_4_Missing_Children_English_Web.pdf

7 Free Ways to make a difference from First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

https://fncaringsociety.com/what-you-can-do

Donate and support work at organizations like:

https://www.irsss.ca/donate

https://projectofheart.ca/

https://fncaringsociety.com/donate

Follow and amplify Indigenous voices on social media and in the news:

https://www.aptnnews.ca/

 

About

What is the NWDLC?

The New Westminster & District Labour Council is a community based central labour organization chartered in 1966 by the Canadian Labour Congress to represent workers in fourteen lower mainland municipalities. We represent approximately 60,000 union members from more than 100 affiliated local unions continuing the proud union tradition of workers speaking out on issues affecting them in their workplaces and in their communities. We work together and with community partners like the United Way and the Union Protein Project (formerly Protein for People) to deliver information, services and programs to build a stronger and more compassionate society, one that supports the needs of working families and all people.

The regional area covered by the NWDLC.

Union members participate in the activities of the Labour Council by volunteering time to support other union members on picket lines, attending educational seminars and courses to learn new skills, participating on Labour Council committees and attending events. Members also get involved with community agencies that deliver vital services, serve on community boards and volunteer in civic, provincial and federal election campaigns.

A few facts about NWDLC

Here are a few facts you might not know yet about the NWDLC.

There are more than 100 local unions affiliated to (are members of) the New Westminster & District Labour Council, representing a total membership of approximately 60,000. Locals have members who work within our geographical region covering the communities of Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Port Moody, Belcarra, Anmore, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley City and Langley Township in British Columbia.

The NWDLC is governed by an elected Executive of two officers plus 14 members representing local affiliate unions.

There are 11 Federal Ridings, 24 Provincial Constituencies, 14 Municipalities and 7 School Boards in our area.

Contact

Get in touch with us using this handy form!

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Our office is located at 105-3920 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC  V5G 4K7

The NWDLC acknowledges that our office is located on the traditional and unceded territory of Coast Salish Peoples including xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territories

Phone: 604-291-9306
Email: nwdlc@shawcable.com
Twitter: @nwdlc
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