Land Acknowledgement and Community Care

Windsor GMB Land Acknowledgement

The land we are currently on does not belong to us nor was consent given for the usage of it. It is important that we acknowledge the Indigenous people who have been living on and working on this land, since time immemorial. It is important to understand the long standing history that has brought many of us to reside on the land, and to seek to understand our place within that history.

The city of Windsor (and thus all of the actions & activities of the Windsor IWW/GDC) falls on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie. Colonialism underlies many of the structures that we, the Windsor branch of the IWW/GDC, aim to challenge. Acknowledging the continued impact of colonialism is crucial for us to tackle oppressive power structures in our community, including the struggles of the working class.

Standards of Community Care

The Standards of Community Care are guidelines that we, as a collective, have set for all IWW/GDC meetings, events, and activities. The IWW aims to bring workers together to build solidarity, and grow working class consciousness. These guidelines ensure comfort, safety, and respect for all fellow workers.

We ask our fellow workers to be mindful in all meeting, event, or activity spaces. We will not tolerate sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, ableism, islamophobia, antisemitism, classism, or any instance of discrimination or harassment of members.

We ask that all members act with respect and care for their fellow workers at all times.

Our goal is to foster growth and learning among our members. We ask that members engage others who are participating in harmful behaviours. Members can do so using ‘call outs’ or ‘call ins’ as needed. Call outs are direct verbal statements that describe how someone’s comment or behaviour has been harmful or disrespectful. A call out usually occurs in front of others, and can be beneficial for creating awareness in other members about this type of behaviour, or for demonstrating support and allyship to those who may have been harmed by the behaviour. However, call outs can cause defensiveness. Call ins are an alternative that focus on one-on-one conversations. Rather than calling out your fellow worker in front of others, a call in means pulling them aside for a one-on-one conversation. Members can utilize either strategy as needed.

We ask that members be conscious of language or behaviours that may harm others or push them out of the collective. We ask that all members engage in this process – expecting members of marginalized groups to always be the ones to speak up may cause disengagement of these folks from our collective. Our goal is to foster a conscious community where everyone feels safe, comfortable, and respected.