September 30th, 2022 – Today, Trades NL recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and both the Trades NL and the Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades offices will be closed, encouraging staff and membership to explore and participate in educational Indigenous resources and events.
“National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important day to reflect and further ones understanding of Indigenous realities, both past and present. We share a collective responsibility to honour the survivors, families and communities that continue to feel the effects of Residential Schools and develop meaningful conversations about the additional challenges Indigenous Peoples face.”
Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL
In 2018, Trades NL invested in creating a dedicated resource for Labrador Indigenous Skilled Tradespeople and in 2020 Trades NL officially opened the Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades. The office, located in in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. Trades NL remains dedicated to ensuring equitable opportunities and advancement for Indigenous Populations of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades.
“Advancing reconciliation and fostering discussions on the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of Indigenous Peoples is imperative – and our staff are deeply committed to commemorating this day as both members of the Indigenous Community and staff of Trades NL who represent Indigenous Skilled Trade Workers. Today, and every day, I encourage everyone to join in on the conversation, wear their orange shirt and show support for Indigenous Peoples across our province.”
Stanley Oliver, Manager, Trades NL: Labrador Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation please visit this link.
About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers, and more than 60 trades in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.
About Trades NL: Labrador Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades
Trades NL: Labrador Office for Indigenous & Northern Skilled Trades is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions to create employment opportunities, overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.