How Loblaws Failed On Truth and Reconciliation

While September 30 was Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the work of achieving sincere and meaningful truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities needs to be ongoing and happen every day.

That is work to which your union is deeply committed, and we recognize the role that we must play in achieving real truth and reconciliation as we push to create better workplaces and a better world.

Nonetheless, September 30 was an important day in our country. It was an important step in acknowledging the deeply troubling history our country has with Indigenous peoples and communities and working to address that history.

That is why Loblaws’ response to the day was so disappointing.

Rather than walking their talk and recognizing the day as a paid federal holiday, Loblaws continued paying only lip service to the tremendous importance of the work toward truth and reconciliation.

UFCW Local 401 Recording Secretary Charmaine St. Germain sent a passionate and compelling letter to the Company expressing her disappointment in Loblaws’ failure to properly acknowledge the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Click here to read Charmaine’s powerful letter. 

We continue to urge you to incorporate this crucial work into your everyday efforts around building a better workplace and a better world.

It is only by taking our commitments and turning them into real action that we will be successful in moving toward a world in which we are all treated with the dignity and respect we deserve.