Human Rights/Equity Committee

Our Mission and Vision

Human Rights

Be responsible for all matters related to equity issues and international, national and local solidarity work. Promote equity in employment and within the structure of SGEU.

Promote and defend the principles of human rights. Take decisive and positive action concerning human rights issues.


Work within the Union to build solidarity with equity seeking members, provide consultation to and liaise at all levels of the Union structure in order to achieve and maintain their rights within SGEU and in society at large.

Promote awareness and information regarding equity issues within the Union through Union publications and by other means as identified by the committee and by networking with outside interest groups.

Develop and mandate Regional Council/Sector Equity Committees to facilitate communication and awareness at the local level and to encourage Sectors/Locals to send equity delegates to SGEU Annual Convention.

Work in a coalition with the FAIR Committee to provide support and to work on racism issues.

Develop, review and recommend to the Bargaining Units and Convention, union policy and contract language concerning issues of equity, racism, colour, age, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation (i.e. same sex benefits), marital status, physical or mental disability, place of residence, political affiliation and place of employment as well as any form of harassment. The Human Rights/Equity Committee, through the Provincial Council, shall enforce such policies and act as a support group.

Organize and host an Equity Conference in even-numbered years.

Consider, sponsor and support programs such as conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., pertaining to issues of equity seeking groups.


The composition of the Human Rights / Equity (HRE) Committee is defined in Article of the Constitution. The HRE Committee shall consist of eight (8) people elected for a two year term, by and from the delegates of the Biennial Equity Conference, and one (1) member elected from Provincial Council. The HRE Biennial Equity conference is held in even-numbered years in conjunction with the FAIR Committee.

Those elected shall represent the following equity groups. 

  • Indigenous;
  • Visible minorities;
  • Solidarity and Pride, representing Gay/lesbian/twospirited/bisexual/ trans-gendered/etc.;
  • Persons with disabilities;
  • Women;
  • Youth*, and
  • Two human rights seats, one female and one male.

Committee Members

Muna De Ciman, Human Rights (Female) - Chair

Abdel-Majeed Bourini, Visible Minorities

Albert Zwosdesky, Human Rights (Male)

Angelique Hortness, Solidarity & Pride

Beatrice Fecke, Provincial Council

Hali Topinka, Aboriginal / Indigenous

Leanna Bill, Youth**

Tamara Bailey, Women

Whitney Kujansuu, Persons w/ Disabilities

*The Youth delegate must be twenty-nine (29) years of age or under at the time of their election. 

**The Youth Representative of the Equity Committee shall also represent SGEU at Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Young Workers Committee meetings.