Mission: To promote awareness of our proud Aboriginal culture and how it intertwines within our union environment.


Engage our Aboriginal members to strengthen their union involvement
Inform and educate all union members on Aboriginal issues within the workplace
Recruit potential members by attending career fairs and conferences
Be an advisory and resource for all union members, the Executive Board and Bargaining committees on Aboriginal issues.

Committee Chair:
Harrison Elema, – 306-607-9082


Committee Members:
Michelle McKenzie, CCA, – 306-661-7717
Chris Mulhall, – 306-774-4881
Ray Bidyk, – C 306-241-8288 H 306-384-3728
Donna Brown, – C 306-230-1927
Tara Lens, – C 306-930-9499 H 306-930-0080
Chigal Wightman-Daniels, – C 306-201-9599


The Truth and Reconciliation Report on YouTube: #ReadTheTRCReport

Aboriginal Heritage Day & Unionism on Turtle Island: An Interview

The big thing for people to understand is that the catastrophic events that happened to First Nations and Metis people in the past are still happening and affecting us today. Residential schools, the 60s scoop – this is not long ago and discrimination continues to occur. I often hear people say, “people should just get over it – it was so long ago.” Yet this is just wrong – it’s very current and happening now.

Aboriginal Awareness Week May 19-22

With the recent passing of Bill C-51 and the recognition of Aboriginal Awareness Week on May 19-22 2015, it is important to make the connections and spread awareness of the constant condemnation that Indigenous people have faced, and continue to face in this country; now, such condemnations will spread to many others. As Idle No More co-founder Nina Wilson stated when she spoke at a recent Saskatoon…

Don’t miss out! Register for the SFL’s Prairie School for Union Women!

We have an exciting educational opportunity for union women to  get together and learn from each one in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. Participants who have attended the Prairie School for Union Women (PSUW)  in the past have given …

SALPN Education Conference and Annual General Meeting

The Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) Education Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 21 and 22, 2015. The SEIU-West Nursing Care Committee will be sponsoring up to four (4) delegates and the …

2015 SFL Spring School

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Spring School being held in Humboldt, Saskatchewan from April 26 to May 1, 2015.  The Education Committee will be sponsoring up to six (6) delegates and the Aboriginal Committee will be sponsoring one (1) …

National Aboriginal Heritage Day

Over the next several expanded issues of the Front Line, the Aboriginal Committee of SEIU-West will be releasing a series of four posters based on the symbolic aboriginal Medicine Wheel. Each centre fold poster will feature one of four treaties …

We are All Treaty People

“We Are All Treaty People”.  We have all heard it but do we know what it means? All Saskatchewan people have benefited from treaty rights derived from the relationship between the Crown and First Nations people. What is the distinction …

Prairie School for Union Women 2014

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee and Education Committee are pleased to announce that they will both be sponsoring delegates to attend the Annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Prairie School for Union Women which will be held in Waskesiu from June 8 – 12, 2014. …

Attention LPNs: SALPN AGM 2014

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee will be sending two (2) LPNs to the SALPN Annual General Meeting on April 29 & 30, 2014 in Saskatoon. Self-declaration of Aboriginal descent will be considered. Registration fees, lost wages, accommodations, meals and mileage will be covered …


October 7, 1763, marked the signing of the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights. Idle No More has called for a Global Day of Action on Oct 7 – #Oct7Proclaim

Celebrate Aboriginal Heritage

Since the Aboriginal Committee was formed in June of 2011 following the SEIU-West Founding Convention, we’ve had amazing opportunities to meet with many groups around the province. We have volunteered our time for National Aboriginal Week; collaborated with health regions …