2023 Pacific Winter School – Week 5

Pacific Region Winter School 2023 Week 5

Labour education builds solidarity and knowledge. It teaches the skills unions need to represent their members and defend their rights using proven methods that allow adults of all backgrounds to learn. If your union wants to train the next generation of local activists or expand the skills that today’s leaders and activists already have, the CLC Winter School 2023 is here to help your union succeed.

The CLC Pacific Region Winter School is the largest labour school in Canada and we take pride in offering the very best in labour education.


Sunday, February 12, 2023 to Friday, February 17, 2023

Harrison Hot Springs, 100 Esplanade Ave., B.C. V0M 1K0


Single Accommodation: $1,495.00

Shared Accommodation: $1,245.00

To change or cancel a registration after it has been submitted, you must contact the Pacific Region office at pacific@clcctc.ca

Bus Schedule CONFIRMED

Frank Wall Scholarship

Community Savings Credit Union Scholarship

Child Care:
Free child care is provided at Winter School for eligible delegates with children aged 12 and under. An eligible delegate is a single parent, a parent not accompanied by a spouse/companion, or where both parents are delegates. While the CLC will pay the actual child care costs at the school, students will be responsible for any additional hotel charges for their child. Delegates having additional child care costs as a result of leaving their children at home should apply for reimbursement from their own union.

Delegates requiring child care must pre-register and indicate child care on their registration form. The deadline for child care registrations is December 1, 2022. Requests received after this deadline will only be accommodated if there is room in the child care program. Cancellations are required and must be received 14 days in advance of your attendance at Winter School. Failure to cancel booked child care space(s) will result in a “no show fee” of $150.00.

*Child care arrangements may not be able to accommodate special needs, but please contact the Pacific Region office for more information.

Please be aware that should unforeseen circumstances arise due to staffing issues, there is the possibility that child care coverage may be cancelled without advance notice. Participants wishing to utilize the child care program should keep alternate arrangements in mind, just in case.

COVID Policies & Requirements:
We will be following all provincial health requirements at the 2023 Winter School. As provincial requirements do change on short notice, we encourage all affiliates to remain up-to-date. We will provide updates on our website regarding any changes to health requirements for the school. All participants should be prepared to comply in the event a mask and/or vaccine mandate is reintroduced in B.C. If changes to the COVID requirements make a participant unable to attend, the standard cancellation policy will apply. At this time, we are strongly encouraging all participants to be fully vaccinated, to help protect themselves and others.


A Path to Reconciliation

This course is for all workers, including non-Indigenous activists, to learn the history of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) facilitated by Indigenous labour activists. Its purpose is to build meaningful, long-term relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples inside and outside of our workplaces, with the aim of acknowledging labour’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. This course supports the decolonization of Indigenous peoples and the increase of Indigenous peoples’ representation in our workplaces and in our unions. Participants do not need any previous experience and are encouraged to bring open minds and hearts. Participants are requested to bring a...
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Facing Management Effectively

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Human Rights: An Introduction

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Advanced Organizing: The Law & Equity

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Steward Training Level 1

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Unions in the Community

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Workplace Harassment & Violence Prevention (Federal)

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