Statement of Respect, Land Acknowledgement, Statement of Consent

Statement of Respect

Harassment or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at NSGEU functions.

Whenever NSGEU members gather, we welcome all peoples of the world. We will not accept any unwelcoming words, actions, or behaviors against our union members.

We accord respect to all persons, regardless of age, political affiliation, religion, including people of colour, women, men, First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, members of ethno-racial groups, people with disabilities, gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender people, gender diverse persons, and all persons whose first language is not English.

In our diversity we will build solidarity as union members.

We recognize the dignity and worth of all individuals. To protect their rights we confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination.

If you believe you are being harassed or discriminated against, contact ______

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Statement of Consent

“Consent is mandatory and voluntary. Consent is clear, enthusiastic and ongoing which means that it can be given and taken away at any time. It cannot be predetermined; a person’s wants and desires are fluid. Consent for one activity does not mean that consent has been established indefinitely. It is a culture where people are respected and have autonomy, choice and are free of coercion, to decide what is best for them. No means no, always without discussion.

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