days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

Honoring Black History and Becoming Inclusive Allies

As we continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion, celebrating Black History Month is a chance to deepen our understanding and become inclusive allies.

Understanding Black History Month:
Black History Month in Canada honours the achievements and experiences of Black Canadians. It’s a time to recognize their heritage and contributions to our nation.

The Role of an Ally:
Being an ally is about actively supporting and advocating for marginalized groups, including our Black colleagues. Here’s how we can become effective allies:

1. Educate Ourselves: Begin by exploring the history and struggles faced by Black Canadians. Understanding the past is key to appreciating the present and working towards a better future. Learn about the history and challenges they faced to better understand their contributions.

  • Canadian Book Recommendation: To further your understanding, we recommend “The Skin We’re In” by Desmond Cole, both a book and an award-winning documentary. Cole’s writing immerses readers in the experiences of Black Canadians, offering a deep understanding of the challenges they face. The documentary takes this message further, visually and emotionally, through compelling interviews and storytelling.

2. Listen and Empathize: Actively listen to and empathize with the experiences of Black colleagues. Validate their experiences.

3. Speak Up: Challenge discrimination and bias when you witness it. Foster a safe space for open dialogue.

4. Amplify Voices: Support and encourage Black colleagues to share their stories and insights. Ensure their voices are heard.

Thank you for your dedication to diversity and inclusion within the Air Canada family.

In solidarity,

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

Why is Transgender Day of Remembrance Important?

Transgender Day of Remembrance serves a vital purpose. It raises awareness about hate crimes against transgender individuals, giving visibility to a sadly overlooked issue. The Transgender Day of Remembrance also provides a platform to remember and honour the lives of transgender people who have tragically lost their lives. In a world sometimes indifferent or hostile, it’s a powerful expression of love and respect.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance allows transgender individuals and their allies to come together in solidarity, standing in vigil to remember those who have fallen victim to anti-transgender violence.

Importantly, as allies, it is our responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment for our colleagues and friends at work. By fostering inclusion and empathy, we can make a positive impact on their lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion, here are a few books and 1 movie to consider:

  • “The ABC’s of LGBT+” by Ashley Mardell
  • “Transgender History” by Susan Stryker
  • “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves” edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth
  • Movie screenings such as “Boys Don’t Cry”


In solidarity,

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

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30th

Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that as I write this bulletin, I am sitting on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We express gratitude for the opportunity to live and work on this land and pay our respects to its Indigenous custodians, past and present.

Today is a great day to embark on a journey of self-education and enlightenment. By exploring the history, we can gain a deeper understanding of the events, cultures, and people that have shaped our world. It’s essential to recognize that knowledge is a powerful tool, and by familiarizing ourselves with the past, we can better navigate the present and influence the future. Let’s seize this day as an opportunity to expand our horizons and appreciate the rich tapestry of stories that history offers.

Your Component Diversity Committee is dedicated to emphasizing the significance of this day throughout the years. Truth and reconciliation are ongoing efforts that should be pursued daily. This principle will hold a prominent position within the committee, allowing us to wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate our roots.

The reasons why we wear an orange t-shirt have become a symbolic gesture of remembrance and solidarity, rooted in the tragic history of residential schools in Canada. The origin of this movement traces back to Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc woman from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. As a young girl, Phyllis was excited to wear her new orange shirt on her first day at a residential school. However, upon her arrival, the shirt was taken away from her, symbolizing the loss of her identity, culture, and the personal violations she and so many others endured at these institutions. The “Orange Shirt Day” movement, observed annually on September 30th, emerged from Phyllis’s story. Wearing an orange t-shirt serves as a powerful visual reminder of the harm these schools inflicted on Indigenous children and the lasting impact they have on Indigenous communities. It’s a call for awareness, education, and reconciliation, urging us to remember the past and work towards a future where every child’s life and culture are valued and recognized.

Here are some guidelines and resources to further understand land acknowledgments:
https://www.whose.land/

To support local event:
https://orangeshirtday.org/events/

Support our cause with a donation:
https://www.iworks.org/kocihta

Empower through learning:
https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html

Discover a world within these pages:

– Five Little Indians / Cinq petits Indiens (Michelle Good)
– Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation on Race and Reconciliation / Kuei, je te salue : conversation sur le racisme (Deni Ellis Béchard, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine)
– A Short History of Indians in Canada / Une brève histoire des Indiens au Canada (Thomas King)

In solidarity,

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

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.

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/podcasts/portraits-of-black-canadians/

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

In Solidarity,

Your Component Diversity Committee