Acknowledgement of the Qayqayt Unseeded traditional territory- CUPE Local 409 recognizes and acknowledges the Qayqayt First Nation, as well as all Coast Salish peoples, on whose traditional and unseeded territories we live, we learn, we play and we do our work.
We further Recognize that indigenous communities have their own cultural values and priorities. Cultural safety and indigenous awareness are evolving issues that require further knowledge, growth, and education for all.
We will look to the leadership of Elders and Knowledge keepers as we strive to learn and understand the five principals of cultural safety, which are: Social Justice, Trust, Respect, Self-Awareness and Self-Reflection.
Our communities depend on quality public education services, and those services depend on people to deliver them.
Welcome to the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 409 website where you will find information about our union that provides quality representation for our members who work as support staff in the New Westminster public school system from grades K through 12.
Public school workers are a vital part of our public school system. They have a positive affect on every part of a child’s experience at school: they provide important assistance to students at every level, they make sure our schools are clean and maintained, they provide vital support services for teachers and they make our public school system run smoothly and efficiently.