2023 PSAC North Regional Racially Visible Member’s Conference Racialized Workers – Centering Our Power Empowerment, Engagement, Advocacy and Union Leadership


TO: PSAC Members in the North Region

Conference start date: October 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
Conference end date: November 2, 2023 at 4:30pm
Conference location: Yellowknife NT, The Explorer Hotel
Application deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023


All selected participants are expected to attend the full conference.

We are pleased to inform members that the 2023 PSAC North Regional Racially Visible Conference will be held Tuesday, October 31, 2023 to Thursday, November 2, 2023. This Conference is a fully funded event for selected participants.

Information about travel and loss of salary will be available as part of the full participant’s package along with confirmation of selection and registration.

Components, Locals, Area Councils and Committees are encouraged to personally inform PSAC Racially Visible members in your area to ensure they are made aware of this Conference, via email and workplace union bulletin boards. In workplaces where members continue to work from home, please share with your contacts.

Conference Objectives

The objectives of the 2023 PSAC North Regional Racially Visible Member’s Conference are:

  • Engaging and connecting Racialized members with their union in the post pandemic reality
  • Providing tools for leadership, engagement, and advocacy in the union
  • Consulting on the PSAC’s Anti-Racism Action Plan

PSAC North Regional Racially Visible members will gather to learn, share and strengthen the PSAC Racially Visible program under the theme “Racialized Workers – Centering Our Power” with the sub-theme of “Empowerment, Engagement, Advocacy and Union Leadership”.

Successful applicants will participate in the Anti-Racism Action Plan Session. This session will provide an overview and updates on the Plan. It will also engage participants on what barriers they continue to face and what successful strategies they are using to mobilize members in the Union.

Participants will also attend the workshop “Leadership: Engagement and Advocacy”

Conference Information

Start Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
End Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:30pm

Participants that reside within 80 kilometres of the venue:

  • Will be entitled to claim loss of salary for October 31, November 1 and 2 (if normally scheduled to work)
  • If not working, will also be entitled to claim a $50 per day allowance (or actual cost if higher) to cover the cost of travel (including parking) and meals
  • Hotel accommodation will not be provided

Participants that reside more than 80 kilometres from the venue will be considered to be in travel status which means the following costs will be covered:

  • Will be entitled to salary for travel time and for October 31 to November 2 (if normally scheduled to work) and dependent on travel schedule;
  • Travel costs, including ground transportation, as per the PSAC Travel Policy;
  • Meal and incidental allowances (except those provided) as per the PSAC Travel Policy;
  • Hotel accommodation costs at the Explorer Hotel;
  • Hotel parking

Accommodation for disabilities

The PSAC Accommodation Policy strives to ensure that PSAC events are barrier-free for members with disabilities. Once selected as a participant, members will be asked to specify their accommodation needs to facilitate their participation at the Regional Racially Visible Member’s Conference.

Family care

The objective of the PSAC Family Care Policy is to remove one of the barriers which prevents participants from attending Union activities and which provides for the reimbursement of family care expenses. A copy of the policy is available on the PSAC website here.

On-site childcare is intended to remove a barrier to a participants’ ability to attend at the conference and is provided only for those who could not otherwise attend, had the service not been available. Requests must be received no later than Monday,  September 18, 2023.

PSAC policies: anti-harassment, scent-free and smoke-free environment

During the conference, and at all events associated with the conference, the PSAC Anti-Harassment, Smoke-free Environment and Scent-free Environment policies will be in effect. Please refrain from using scented products of any type.

If you have any questions with respect to the application form or the conference, please contact:
Paige Galette: galettp@psac-afpc.com
Shawna Dalley: dalleys@psac-afpc.com

Selection of Participants

If you are selected as a participant to this conference, you will be advised by email and or telephone call. Please ensure you provide us with your contact coordinates that you will have access to during the months of September, October and November 2023.

We look forward to having our Racially Visible members in the PSAC North Region gather to strengthen the PSAC Racially Visible program at the regional and national levels.

In Solidarity,

Josée-Anne Spirito
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Regional Executive Vice-President, North

PSAC North Region, Racially Visible Conference Steering Committee