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Political Advocacy Committee

Political Advocacy Committee

The mandate of the Political Advocacy (PA) Committee as stated in the Policy Handbook is as follows:

  1. Develop and recommend actions to accomplish goals and objectives established by the Board.
  2. Monitor political issues and advise the President and/or the Board on emerging issues relevant to RTAM.
  3. Plan and organize political advocacy, if so directed by the Board.

Dennis Kozak (Calgary) – Chair 

Guy Hansen (Winnipeg)

JoAnne Hoyak (MacGregor)

Julian Hoyak (MacGregor)

John Sushelnitsky (Portage la Prairie)


After a review of the points made at the Ad Hoc meeting to look at the long-term funding of the Indigenous Bursary, the Political Advocacy Committee proposed the motion as follows: that the RTAM AGM ensure continuous funding for Indigenous Bursaries support through the University College of the North (UCN). The PA Committee also heard a presentation from the firm Prairie Sky as a possible support to RTAM’s efforts to obtain a seat at the TRAF pension table.


The Year in review

Members of the PA Committee for 2019-20 were Linda Blair (Winnipeg), Ralph Cibula (Gladstone), Guy Hansen (Winnipeg), JoAnne & Julian Hoyak (MacGregor), Ken Malcolm (Dauphin) and John Sushelnitsky (Portage la Prairie). John chaired the Committee.

At the Committee’s first meeting on June 13, 2019 there were 15 items on the agenda for the year’s work:

  1. Provincial and federal elections
  2. ACER-CART articles
  3. Meet and Greet 2020
  4. Economic Disparities globally and nationally
  5. Gender inequality in pay and promotion
  6. K-12 Education Review
  7. Manitoba Seniors Coalition 
  8. Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security
  9. Indigenous Bursary 2020
  10. Nigaan Sinclair’s views on indigenous progress
  11. John Wiens’ views on the Education Review
  12. Government and Opposition press releases
  13. School division amalgamation
  14. October 1st- the United Nations Day of the Older Person
  15. Observance of the November 11thRemembrance Day

The Committee split up the research work for these topics and reported back to the whole Committee and to the Board, offering action motions when appropriate. The Covid-19 virus forced the postponement of the Meet and Greet with the Members of the Legislature. On the plus side, the Committee had very meaningful meetings with Professor and journalist Nigaan Sinclair and Dr. John r. Wiens. The meetings were reported in KIT.

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