Indigenization through the collective bargaining process: OCUFA

January 11, 2021

In an article discussing the recent collective bargaining process at Brock University, Brock faculty Spy Dénommé-Welch and Larry Savage discuss the process, outcomes, and learnings from pursuing Indigenization through collective bargaining. The article describes some of the challenges that may need to be addressed during the process, including prioritization issues, the impact of entrenched colonial mindsets both at the bargaining table and within the union, and hesitation or anxiety around drafting proposals on Indigenization and decolonization. Dénomme-Welch and Savage conclude by noting the importance of representation in academic staff association structures and processes, and the need to ensure Indigenous negotiating team members are given the space to speak their truth directly to the employer. OCUFA (ON)