Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

Indigenous Workers and Unions

Document type Report
Author Fernandez, Lynne
Author Silver, Jim
Date 2018 01 1
Pages 36 pages


Indigenous people have worked for wages for more than 150 years in Canada, and before that in what was to become Canada. They have often been members of unions and in some cases actively. They have been known to engage in strike actions even when not represented by a union. However, relations between Indigenous people and unions have often been difficult. In many cases unions have failed to serve the interests of Indigenous wage workers.