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Let’s Build a More Inclusive Air Canada Together: Join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Dear Air Canada Flight Attendant and Service Director Union Members,

Today, I’m reaching out to you with an invitation that’s close to my heart, an opportunity to make a real difference for all of us.

We’re looking to welcome new members to our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee. This group is more than just a committee; it’s a beacon of hope, a platform for change, and a testament to our commitment from our union to ensure a workplace that’s inclusive, respectful, and equitable for all our flight attendants across Canada.

We are a vibrant tapestry of diversity, a community where women, LGBT2+, and Indigenous members thrive. We speak every language and hail from every corner of the world. This rich diversity is not just our strength; it’s our identity and our pride.

As a member of the D&I Committee, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Organize educational workshops and focus groups.
  • Encourage clear communication from the company on issues surrounding D&I
  • Advocate for mandatory unconscious bias/diversity training.
  • Participate in regular meetings to discuss and design diversity initiatives.

I understand that joining a committee is a commitment, and I want to assure you that your voice will be heard, your contributions valued, and your efforts recognized.

I also want to take this opportunity to say that if you’ve faced any issues related to diversity and inclusion in your role as a flight attendant and service director, please don’t hesitate to share them with us. Your experiences, your stories, and your insights are invaluable.  They will not only help us understand the challenges that we are facing but also guide us in our efforts to make Air Canada a better place for everyone. Not only for us but also for our passengers.

If you’re interested in joining the D&I Committee or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can make Air Canada a more inclusive and diverse workplace, a place where everyone feels valued, respected, and loved.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Olivier Faucher-Boisjoli
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Black History Month

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History month. This is a time for celebration and a clear recognition of the legacy of black people in Canada.  This month and each month throughout the year, we can all reflect on this history and commit to maintaining an awareness and to foster meaningful change. It is also a time in which we must reflect on the fact that discrimination still exists. We must all do our part to stand up against racism and hatred in its overt and subtle forms.

Now is the time to shine a light and educate ourselves, our friends and family and move towards an enlightened future. The following links we hope, will highlight the many accomplishments of black Canadians and celebrate their contributions. Together we can create a world of inclusion and diversity and respect for all peoples.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Diversity Committee

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – 2022

September 30, 2022 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day we are called upon to honour the children who never returned home and the survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. It is also a day of action for non-Indigenous Canadians to learn about the culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and to support Indigenous peoples.

Taking time to remember and reflect on this tragic and painful history and the ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. Many of us wonder what we can do to honour this day and how we as individuals can make a difference through action.  Together we can do our part. The following is information provided by the Government of Canada on ways we can do just that.

Wear orange

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30th.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

Learn about Residential Schools to honour the lost children, victims, and Survivors. And learn of the lasting and ongoing impacts on Indigenous peoples.

Learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Report and its 94 Calls to Action.

Follow discussions and learn about Indigenous peoples and culture from Indigenous led organizations.

Attend an Indigenous led event on September 30 and show your support.

Look online for a local event to attend in-person.

For those of you who would like to learn more, there are many educational opportunities available.  The University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada online course is a user friendly and very informative course.

This day is one step in the right direction for reconciliation and to reconcile in our minds and hearts the terrible past we share and to vow to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country.

In Solidarity,

Your Component Diversity Committee

Lunar New Year

For approximately 1 billion people around the world, Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is one of the most important holidays of the year.

It is celebrated in East and Southeast Asian cultures, with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean groups among those participating.

The New Year is frequently celebrated across several days, rather than simply one, as it is on the Gregorian calendar. The Lunar New Year will begin on February 1st, 2022.

The celebration began as a time for feasting and honoring home and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors, and was tied to the lunar calendar.

There are many legends surrounding the Lunar New Year’s origin. The most common one claims that the festivities began to frighten away a beast known as “Nian” (which means “year” in Chinese) who haunted cities and villages each spring, attacking people. People used firecrackers and red paper to frighten Nian, because he was afraid of loud noises and the color red.

The New Year usually begins with the first new moon, which occurs between the end of January and the beginning of February. The first 15 days of the lunar calendar’s first month until the full moon.

2022 marks the year of the Water Tiger. In China, the tiger is regarded as the king of all beasts. The Tiger is a symbol of strength, and bravery in the Chinese zodiac and due to the Tiger’s auspicious signs, 2022 is set to be a prosperous one.

Your Component Diversity Committee would like to send our best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year. We wish you all the best of health and success for the year ahead!

In Solidarity,

Your Component Diversity Committee

Black History Month

The month of February marks the start of Black History Month.

Born in 1976, Black History Month is an annual event recognizing the pioneers who fought for black liberation and celebrates the immense contributions they have made to the United States of America, Canada, and the world.

Mr. Carter G. Woodson, author, writer, and historian, who is also known today as the “Father of Black History”, was a firm believer that racial equality could only be achieved by the recognition and comprehension of a race’s past, and he devoted his life to the study of African American history.

It is said that Woodson chose the month of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Woodson also hoped that one day, Black History Month would no longer be necessary. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go.

Although February has been designated as the month of recognition of the history of the African Diaspora, its rich history should be recognized and celebrated every day.

You might be wondering how Black History Month relates to the workplace.

Well, it is up to employers as well as committees such as this one to set the standard for eradicating discrimination, conscious and unconscious bias and to encourage the inclusion of all employees.

Employee engagement may be increased by recognizing and celebrating employees’ cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds and with initiatives such as the Black History Month Flight set to take off on February 11, 2022, we believe that Air Canada is on its way to attaining that goal.

Your Component Diversity Committee will continue to engage with the employer in a collaborative manner to ensure that initiatives like these are put forth to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In order to give you an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions and achievements of black people throughout our history, we have compiled a list of links to Black History Month events happening across our four bases.






We must all raise our voices now, more than ever, and insist that society continue to recognize and honour Black History!

In Solidarity,

Your Component Diversity Committee