In January 2021, a nine-year-old child was pepper sprayed in Rochester, New York, and the police union came out saying that "the child suffered no real harm." Almost every time there is a case of abuse or murder of visible minorities at the hands of police, police unions and associations have been seen opposing and watering down efforts to address racism and unfairness in policing. In June 2020, labour reporter Chelsea Nash wrote about the issue of police unions and racism for rabble.ca. As we work to fight against police violence and racism, and the Canadian Labour Congress joins the fight to defund the police, what will we in the labour movement do about carceral-sector unions and associations (covering police, correctional officers, security guards, etc.)?
Originally promised to be law within one year after the Oct 21, 2019 election, Assembly of First Nations chief Perry Bellegarde is expressing his concern UNDRIP won't be passed before before the next election call.