Tag Archives: human rights

Letter to the Editor

Thought I would share this story with you. Whether it is intentional or unintentional making racist remarks hurts and it is wrong. It is also a human rights issue.

<strong>Racism painful and pointless</strong>

I am Natalie Beliveau I have been affected by racism since I moved to Souris. I am native and barely know anything about my background. I am 16 years of age and in Grade 10.
I moved to Souris when I was in Grade 6, and on my second day of school and my first time taking the bus, two boys in my grade yelled at me and my sister. “Go back to your reserve where you came from.” I have never lived on a reserve. I once went on a reserve, but I was too little to remember.
This town is a nice town, but there are a lot of prejudiced people. In my view, a small town has nothing better to do than make up rumours. There are not many natives in this town, but most of them have been marked or labelled as bad people. I wish that people would say things based on fact and not uninformed opinion.
My parents and brother are white. My twin sister and I were adopted at birth.
Racism is not funny. It is no joke! This needs to be told to people everywhere.
Our country might be multicultural but some people are racist. We have people come to our schools and talk to us about drunk driving and drugs, so why not have people come to our schools and talk to us about racism?
I think racism is absurd and uncalled for. I am not a racist in any way. I see no reason to hate other cultures. How can anyone hate a whole culture without knowing them? You can never meet everyone from one races, so how can you know what the whole culture is like? Racism is completely and truly ridiculous and uncalled for.
In the middle years playground at school there is a mural which we decided to paint when I was in Grade 8. The whole class had permission from the school and teacher. A mural was designed with the earth in the middle of different coloured arms connecting together. Above it says “Middle Years Has Character”.
When my friends and I finished painting it, my friends and I noticed that all the hands had actually been left as white. When we confronted the teacher who was in charge she said we could not get a hold of brown paint. I was very disappointed in what was told to us. It has been two years now and it still has not changed.
Another incidence of racism was a girl who said: “I don’t want any natives in my school.” I am really fed up with all this racism stuff. I am not impressed.
I have handed in a lot of resumes a long time ago and have still received no word from any of the employers. I do not know why they have not hired me. Maybe because they have heard bad things about me, or maybe they are just just plain racists.
I felt like I am not supposed to be who I am. I wish I could be myself without being labelled or judged.

NATALIE BELIVEAU

My supervisor is trying to fire me

Dear globalcounselor,

I am 19 years old and am pregnant with my first child out of wedlock. I have worked at this coffee shop in my town for 3 years and have done a great job.  I work hard, I am punctual and I  treat the customers well. I am well liked by the customers. I have had three  raises.  However when I found out I was pregnant, I was ashamed and tried to keep it secret until I was beginning to show. I told my boss that I was pregnant and he literally flipped out. He said he was disappointed in me and that I will not be able to serve anymore because he did not want his customers seeing me pregnant especially  due to the fact that I am not married.

I told him I don’t think he is being fare and that I do not think our customers would mind.  They do not know that I am not married. He said I could serve until “your bun in the oven”   gets bigger.    I told him, he is being hard on me, criticising everything I do and blaming everything on my pregnancy.  I am so stressed out that I feel I make some stupid mistakes.

 Last week I mixed up an order and my boss told me to go home and wait there until he calls me.  He has not called me yet but I received a letter with two weeks pay and he said to call him when I feel better in 10 months time.

I am so hurt and I feel so angry, it can’t be good for my baby. What can I do, how can I fight this man for being so  terrible to me. 

Terribly Upset,

Dear Terribly Upset

What happened to you is terrible.  You do have legal recourse Your employer has discriminated against you on the basis of your pregnancy and  perhaps because you are a single parent. The Human Rights Code protects workers against this type of discrimination. I urge you to find the nearest Equal Employment Opportuity Centre nearest to you or the office that handles human rights complaints and speak to a worker there.

There is something called accommodation under the human rights code and employers are asked to accommodate employees when they are pregnant not to fire them or make their lives into living hell .  You were clearly under a lot of stress because of your employer’s harsh judgement.   You were also a good worker  and received raises to prove it. The bad treatment happened after you told your employer so that is evidence. Hurry and talk to someone because there is a time limit to file for complaints.