National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Jack Webstad, people across Canada have commemorated September 30th as Orange Shirt Day for nearly a decade.
In 2021, the Federal Government passed legislation to mark September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

On this day, CUPE 2081 honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process and we trust that all members of our community will be engaging in a day of reflection to honour the children who survived residential schools and remember those who did not.

Labour Day Events and Other Things


We are on the precipice of a new academic year and I know start up comes with mixed emotions. Excitement and stress regarding increased workloads is high. As the new year begins, please remember, our role is to support the college but to work within our job descriptions. We do not do more with less. The labour unrest in the Province serves as a reminder of the importance of fighting for increased wages, a balanced work day/workload and the importance of standing together to support all workers.

Labour Day is traditionally the first Monday in September and has been a statutory holiday since 1894. Worker rights drafted within collective agreements, the right to safe workplaces and the right to a living wage was hard fought for and the fight continues today.

I hope you enjoy the long weekend and you also take the time to reflect on worker rights in our country. We gain more when we stand together!

Below is information regarding the Victoria Labour Council Picnic event. As well, here are a few links for those of you interested in the history of this significant holiday in BC:


Labour Day Event  Hosted By: Victoria Labour Council
Booths, music, food, face painting, magic

Gyro Park, Sinclair Road, Victoria
Monday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21st

You are invited to attend and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on the campus of Royal Roads University on Tuesday June 21st, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:00pm PST.

This event is open to the public with free admission. Every year, Royal Roads University hosts a National Indigenous Peoples Day event, featuring canoe challenges, performances, vendors, food, and more! All members and their families are welcome.

FINAL National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 Poster

National Little League 2022 Closing Ceremonies

Invitation to National Little League closing ceremonies on Sunday June 19th.

Hello National Little League 2022 sponsors,

I want to thank each of you so much for your support this season. It’s been an incredibly successful year at the ballpark, with our biggest registration numbers in 20+ years. Our kids are passionate and our volunteer pool is strong.

We are hosting our closing ceremonies this coming Sunday June 19th at 1:00pm. Please join us on the field!  I’d like to invite all of our sponsors to attend, and we will be reading your name out and giving you some love and attention at the event.

We also have some new sponsors this year: Dominos Pizza, Mack Law, 5th Street Bar and Grill, and the Knights of Pythains. We have your new banners made and they’ll be up at the park for the closing day. Thank you for joining our sponsorship family.

Thanks to your help, we raised $9000 to fix our batting cage and will be getting a vinyl cover this summer to allow kids to train all season long.

Thank you all for the great season. Hope to see you at the closing ceremonies.


-Matt Dell

Board, National Little League

Join us March 8th at Lansdowne Campus for International Women’s Day!

Join us at Lansdowne Campus Tuesday, March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). Events are free and everyone is welcome!

·       Welcome and Blessing | May Sam – Fisher Foyer | 11:00 am

·       Brushing Off Ceremony | Bernadine Mawson – Na’tsa’maht | 11:15

·       Reading and Vigil in recognition of IWD | Monique Gray Smith – Na’tsa’maht | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

·       Student Poster Session | Fisher Foyer | 1:00-3:00 pm

·       Book Displays | Lansdowne & Interurban Libraries | All March!

Can’t join us in person? Visit the library’s online resource guide to celebrate the ideas, successes, creativity, and stories of women at:

Event proudly sponsored by CCFA, CUPE, & Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen as part of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) Women & Gender Equity Committee.

Union Office – Annual Holiday Closure Dec 17-Jan 4

A notice that the Union Office will be CLOSED, beginning December 17th and re-opening January 4th.  Emails will be monitored for emergencies but general inquiries will be replied to when we return.

I want to thank you for your efforts this term, your continued commitment and your grace under ongoing pressure. We continue to experience challenges and I know we’ve all worked under exceptional circumstances in a myriad of conditions over the last 21 months. I know it hasn’t been easy and unfortunately, we don’t yet know how 2022 will unfold. It’s been a lot. Take time to rest, be with family and rejuvenate, but stay safe while you enjoy a much deserved holiday break.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Kindest Regards,
Erynne Grant l Labour Relations Officer

CUPE Disaster Relief

Due to the most recent state of emergency and the flooding and storms in BC, CUPE is organizing a support fund for CUPE members. Our local has donated $250 to the fund.

Any CUPE members in BC experiencing hardship due to recent floods are invited to apply for CUPE BC funding support through their Local.

If you are experiencing any financial hardship due the recent storms, please fill out this form: CUPE BC Hardship Fund Application. Please ensure you fill the form out completely.

Once filled out, please send to

In Solidarity.

CUPE BC Seeking Membership Talent

On behalf of CUPE BC

Dear CUPE member,
Are you a hobby photographer? A poet or musician? Perhaps you’re a storyteller who has a way with words, a talented illustrator who does animation, or a gourmet chef with a great recipe to share. If you’re any of these things—and many more—we want to hear from you!

Next spring, CUPE BC will be publishing a special May Day edition of Public Employee magazine as a supplement to the regular issue. Produced in time to celebrate International Workers Day, this issue of our flagship publication will feature content—articles, photos, and graphic images—generated entirely by our members. We want to feature CUPE members from all sectors and all corners of the province by having you share your hidden talents while telling us your own stories of work, life, culture, and community.
Perhaps there’s another member you’d like to tell us about—or even interview: someone with a cool job most people wouldn’t think is CUPE work, a member who’s involved in international solidarity issues like migrant farm worker advocacy, or one who’s well known as an event organizer for concerts, arts festivals or Pride parades. Perhaps it’s an amateur archivist who has great stories or old photos to share about their local’s history. Or a CUPE member who has served in public office—or still does—and wants to reflect on their political action experience.

For submissions, we’re looking for written contributions of up to 250 words in length and high-resolution photographs of two megabytes (MB) or higher. Depending on the volume of contributions, not all submissions may be published. But every participant will receive CUPE swag and be entered into a prize draw.

Please send your contribution by February 1, 2022 and e-mail it to:

In solidarity,

Karen Ranalletta (CUPE BC President) & Trevor Davies (CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer)

Upcoming General Membership Meeting – October 13th

Hello CUPE 2081 Members!

Please note that we will be holding a General Membership Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 13th @ 5pm via Zoom. All CUPE 2081 members are invited and encouraged to join us!

Members, please check your emails for Zoom link, agenda, and minutes!

Below I have posted the submitted Executive Reports for your information:

2021.09.22 OHS Report – April Atkins

2021.10.06 – Campus Steward Report – Shirley Wendland

2021.10.13 Communications Officer Report – Jayme Wilkinson

2021.10.01 Education Report – Shelley Butler

Orange Shirt Day | September 29, 2021

What is Orange Shirt Day?

In the spring of 2013, Phyllis Webstad – a residential school survivor – first shared her story at a St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion event held in Williams Lake, British Columbia. Phyllis recounted her first day of residential schooling at six years old, when her new orange shirt—bought by her grandmother—was taken away from her. Phyllis’s story inspired Orange Shirt Day as an annual event. Between the late 1800s and 1996, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were taken to residential schools and Orange Shirt Day commemorates this legacy. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we encourage you to observe September 30th with an open heart. We acknowledge that this year has seen many triggering news stories about former residential school sites, and it is a stark reminder there is still much work to do. Every. Child. Matters.

Please note that Camosun College is observing Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 29th as the college will be closed on September 30th so that our community can reflect, learn, and attend community events in light of the federally announced stat holiday. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation stat is a direct response from the government to one of the TRC calls to action, although we recognize that we all have long to go on the path to both truth and reconciliation.

What Can I Do?

Tomorrow, September 29, please wear an orange shirt to show your commitment to reconciliation and to support the survivors of the residential school system and their kin.
Please remember that it is not Indigenous people’s responsibility to teach anyone about the residential school system. This is potentially a very triggering and traumatizing topic and we kindly remind our members that education is widely available and offered, both within the college and from other sources. Please view this list for a variety of sources:

Community Supports/Outreach

  • Residential Schools Crisis Line. Their mandate is to support residential school survivors and their families but their policy is not to turn anyone away. 1-866-925-4419
  • Kids Help Phone, an anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counselling service for youth. 1-800-668-6868
  • Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen/IECC – Camosun’s Indigenous Education & Community Connections are dedicated to quality education and serve Indigenous students and communities. 250-370-3299 or 250-370-4870
  • Island Community Mental Health. 250-389-1211
  • Victoria Native Friendship Center. 250-384-3211
  • Songhees Wellness Centre. 250-386-1043 ext. 313