Indigenous Committee

SGEU Indigenous Committee graphicOur Mission and Vision

The Indigenous Committee supports and advocates for First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) SGEU members in the workplace; works to ensure the emotional, mental and physical well-being of FNIM SGEU members; and represents the interests of FNIM SGEU members.

The Indigenous Committee shall*:

  • Support and advocate for members in SGEU and the workplace to ensure the emotional, mental and physical well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) SGEU members.
  • Represent the interests of FNIM SGEU members.
  • Develop and promote anti-racism policies and provide educational programs internally and/or externally.
  • Promote FNIM education in the workplace to the in-scope and out-of-scope employees and to the union leadership.
  • Actively ensure that every available avenue and job opportunity is open to all FNIM members, by promotion options such as SGEU negotiating Employment Equity plans.
  • Act as a resource to approved organizing initiatives to bring FNIM workers into SGEU.
  • Develop long-term plans to ensure FNIM representation in SGEU.
  • Actively ensure that all racial incidents concerning FNIM members are positively addressed through the co-operation of the Indigenous Committee and other internal SGEU structures.
  • Reach out to FNIM SGEU members and co-operate with other organizations committed to  equality.
  • In conjunction with the Human Rights/Equity Committee, organize and host an Equity Conference in even-numbered years.

*As outlined in the Article 6.10.8 in the SGEU Constitution

SGEU Indigenous Scholarship

Our committee will be awarding a minimum of one $500 scholarship to an SGEU member, spouse/partner or dependant of an SGEU member in good standing who will be continuing their post-secondary education in a Saskatchewan unionized educational institution in the current education year.

Learn more and apply for the scholarship


Northern Birthday Box Project

The Indigenous Committee is proud to be a supporter of the Northern Birthday Box Project, which facilitates sending birthday boxes to children living in remote and Northern Canada.

A headshot of Sheena Yew
Sheena Yew, Committee Chair

The committee has signed up to create and send birthday boxes to three children in 2023 and are waiting to hear who the recipients will be.

You can learn more about the Northern Birthday Box Project on their Facebook page.

Committee Members

Sheena Yew, Education Sector, Chair
Andy Cook, Public Service Sector
Mannie Amyotte, Crown Sector
Ryan Favel, Health Sector
Jackie Watson, Community Services Sector
Hali Topinka, Human Rights and Equity Seat