The team met with the College Employer Council team again today. Both the faculty team and the College Employer Council (CEC) presented counsellor class definition proposals. The proposals are available below.
We will be back at the table Wednesday and Thursday.
2 thoughts on “Bargaining Update – August 10th, 2021”
In reviewing the CEC proposed Counsellor Class Definition it is noteworthy, and disconcerting, that d) does NOT align with the TRC. Reconciliation is the responsibility of every Canadian. It is the CEC’s responsibility, as employers and individuals, to make a commitment to fostering workplaces which engage employees in building capacity and assuming responsibility in working towards a better future for every Canadian, not simply ‘referring out’. This effectively removes any responsibility from the Colleges or practitioners to promote culturally safe and responsive service. It also is a departure from the OCSW/SSW and the CRPO regulating bodies which promote culturally safe, anti-oppressive practice approaches.
Elder and advisor Shelley Charles, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation shares,”Our traditional teachings speak to us about our connection to each other as we move throughout creation, Mino Bimawdiziwin. In order for true reconciliation to happen in this time, we must acknowledge and honour this extended family relationship and our collective commitment to doing things in the best way, thinking seven generations into the future. In taking this walk together we have the knowledge to build a solid foundation for a partnership based on the highest values of respect and kindness. We must fulfill our mutual responsibilities in this spirit of unity.”
In the words of the former Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne “The duty owed to Indigenous partners is enshrined in our laws and in our values as Canadians. There is no more denying the past or hiding from the truth. It is time to get to work and do our part to create positive change in the lives of Indigenous peoples…Walking this journey together, we will not fail.”
Nia:wen ko:wa/Many thanks,
Laraine Hale (H)B.S.W, M.S.W., R.S.W
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