The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canadian Chapter is a democratic organization made up of Black and other racialized trade unionists. As such, CBTU-Canada supports using the democratic process for approving resolutions, constitutional changes, the electing of leadership, and more.
March 25th is observed by the United Nations as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Between the 15th and 19th centuries, millions of Africans were taken against their will, chained in the belly of thousands of ships, forcibly removed from their homeland and brought to Canada and other countries as slaves. Many did not survive the journey and their bodies were simply thrown overboard. For those who survived, generations of atrocities followed. Africans were recognized as cattle under the law, sold into slavery and became the property of the purchaser.
Please review our Chapter's Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, and well as review our African Heritage & Black History Month Report. Thank you.
It is with sadness and heavy hearts that the The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
(CBTU) – Canada expresses its heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the recent terrorist attack on the Quebec City Mosque.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Canadian Chapter stands with all those affected by the recent United States Travel and immigration ban on immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries. CBTU believes that apart from our indigenous peoples, Canada is a nation of immigrants and their descendants. As such, the decision of the Trump Administration to deny the entry into the United States of immigrants fleeing violence based on their country of origin goes against the core values of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canadian Chapter. Among our core values is our belief that there is no place in modern day society for things like anti-black racism, misogyny, xenophobia and islamophobia. Considering that the overwhelming majority of Muslims around the world are people of colour. We believe that each of these and more can be found to some degree at the roots of the Trump Administration’s travel ban on immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Canada (CBTU) has joined the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces (ACW) research project as a partner organization by launching an action research initiative on environmental racism and work in a time of climate change.
Thank you to all those that attended our CBTU 20th Annual Awards Dinner Dance & Fundraiser! It was a tremendous success. Congratulations to all of the scholarship and award recipients. If you have photos you are willing to share, please email them to [email protected] and we will clean them up and add them to the Album.
Hope your week has gone well!
Firstly, I want to say thank you for your commitment to the work of CBTU. We have been doing really good work and we will continue to organize our political influence. We still have work to do – and as Rosemary Brown says, “We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through”.