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The evening of November 28 marks the beginning of Hanukkah, an 8-day festival of lights to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah, also commonly known as Chanukah, is celebrated in honour of Jews defeating their oppressors in 165BCE after their religion had been banned and their Holy Temple desecrated. When the...

Saturday, November 20th is International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). OPSEU/SEFPO joins in remembering those who have died as a result of transphobia-related violence worldwide.  It’s also a chance to bring greater attention to the effects of transphobia. TDoR is a reminder that transphobia, and the violence associated with it, is systemic and must be...

Tuesday, November 16 is Louis Riel Day, a time when Métis people commemorate Riel’s role in leading the Northwest Resistance against the Canadian government. It also marks the day he was executed.  Louis Riel was born in 1844 in the Red River Settlement. He became a national symbol of resistance because he fought for the...

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