November 20, 2015

CUPE marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year on November 20 in memory of transgender persons who have lost their lives because of anti-trans violence. Started in 1998 to honour the murder of a young transgender woman in Massachusetts, the day is now marked by ceremonies in cities across Canada and around the world.

May 15, 2015

Resisting homophobia, transphobia across borders



VANCOUVER-Community members including CUPE activists were treated to a unique perspective on the struggles of sexual minorities at this morning’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia breakfast.

February 23, 2015

Rediscovering a city’s forgotten Black past

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s Committee Against Racism and Discrimination offered a rare glimpse into bygone Vancouver with a Black History Month event on Saturday (February 21) that celebrated the rich social and cultural history of the Hogan’s Alley community in the city’s Strathcona neighbourhood.

February 20, 2015

Ghosts of Hogan’s Alley to come alive with Black History Month event

VANCOUVER—Deep in the heart of the city’s downtown core, decades before the Georgia viaduct was built, there once was a thriving Black neighbourhood known as Hogan’s Alley. The ghosts of that community will be dancing once again on Saturday morning and early afternoon (February 21), thanks to a Black History Month (BHM) event sponsored by CUPE BC.

September 4, 2014

Kudos for anti-oppression training

HEIGHTENING AWARENESS—CUPE 23 members Bogdan Demidas (l) and Alistair Maduray say that anti-oppression training can make a big difference in culturally diverse workplaces.

BURNABY—A new version of the “Creating Social Justice” course provided by CUPE’s Equality department is receiving accolades from the local members it targets.

January 31, 2014

CUPE BC celebrates Black History Month

BURNABY - It’s Black History Month and CUPE BC is celebrating.  CUPE takes an active role in promoting inclusion and equality that includes honouring Black History Month every February. 

December 3, 2013

CUPE BC marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BURNABY—The Canadian Union of Public Employees BC is proud to mark the 21st annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

“From the duty to accommodate to provincial advocacy, CUPE BC is committed to fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities,” said Mark Hancock, CUPE BC president.

December 3 has been promoted by the United Nations as International Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1992.

August 8, 2013

CUPE BC celebrates diversity in the Vancouver Pride parade

VANCOUVER - CUPE BC was proud to join with CUPE members from throughout the Lower Mainland to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pride in Vancouver. On Sunday August 4 the annual parade attracted tens of thousands of spectators and did not disappoint with fabulous floats, dancers and marchers.

Jeffrey Cramer, a Local 1004 member, led the CUPE contingent, carrying our giant rainbow flag.

June 25, 2013

National Aboriginal Day emphasizes reconciliation

VANCOUVER – CUPE was proud to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Oppenheimer Park on Friday June 21, as a major sponsor of the day’s many activities in the Downtown Eastside.

Mona Woodward, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Front Door Society, was the emcee for the day. Celebrations got underway with a welcome and opening prayer from Kelvin Bee, an elder in residence with the Aboriginal Front Door Society. Chief Robert Joseph, Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, had strong words about healing. “Embrace reconciliation in your lives,” he urged.

June 20, 2013

National Aboriginal Day - Oppenheimer Park

CUPE BC and the CUPE BC Aboriginal Working Group are proud to be major sponsors of the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Oppenheimer Park.

Join us between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.