Reconciliation is not a goal to be achieved, but a way of living together
for reconciliation requires new curriculum, resources, and time for Indigenous
and non-Indigenous teachers to work together in a spirit of mutual respect. But
beyond that, it requires us all to participate in a personal and political
process of decolonization.
BCTF members take the lead with province-wide professional development conferences
This week, the BC Teachers' Federation's 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) are hosting a wide range of excellent professional development conferences in communities across BC. The conferences are part of the BCTF's ongoing commitment to enriching teacher-led professional development and lifelong learning. They will bring teachers together to collaborate, learn, and improve their practice on a wide variety of topics that will benefit them and their students.
BCTF participates in Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” education for reconciliation project
The BCTF's Aboriginal Education co-ordinator, Gail Stromquist, was one of 33 teachers from across Canada who met in Ottawa for a two-day National Educators' Curriculum Collaboration dedicated to education for reconciliation. The curricular materials are centred around “The Secret Path,” a legacy project of Tragically Hip leader Gord Downie, who suffers from a terminal brain tumour.
BCTF leader to take Welfare Food Challenge to press for action on child poverty
Starting on World Food Day, Sunday October 16, BC Teachers' Federation President Glen Hansman will join other concerned citizens in participating in the 2016 Welfare Food Challenge. For one week participants will try to meet the challenge that British Columbians living on welfare face every week: surviving on a meagre food budget of $18.
Government promoting two-tiered education system and segregation of children with special needs instead of support for all students
A recent funding announcement from government granting private schools $1 million for specialized programs for children with special needs only serves to promote a harmful two-tiered and exclusive vision for education in British Columbia.
BCTF renews call for new leadership at
children’s Ministry after new report on violence against children in care
BC Teachers’ Federation is renewing its call for the resignation of Stephanie
Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, following a devastating
report from BC’s Representative for Children and Youth about children in
government care facing sexualized violence. The BCTF first demanded Minister
Cadieux’s resignation in March 2016 following the death of Patricia Evoy, an
Aboriginal youth who had recently aged out of care.
BCTF report to MLAs calls for significant boost
Once again the BC Teachers' Federation is urging provincial legislators to follow through on their own previous recommendations to increase public education funding.
With a $1.9 billion surplus, it's time to re-invest in BC's public schools
The BC government announced a projected provincial budget surplus of over $1.9 billion even as school districts around the province are considering more school closures and deeper cutbacks. BCTF President Glen Hansman reacted to the news by calling on the government to make an immediate and substantial re-investment in BC's public education system.
BCTF releases list of best kids’ books as selected by BC teachers
As part of the BC Teachers’ Federation’s 100th anniversary, the BCTF encouraged members to recommend their favourite kids’ books to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. The result is
a list of 100 books each for elementary and secondary students with an accompanying online resource and poster set to promote the books and the love of reading.
Ministry of Education posts important curriculum updates
Teachers can now read updated proposals for the revised grades
10-12 curriculum as well as the finalized versions of the
K-9 curriculum on the
Ministry of Education website. The government has also posted
instructional samples created by teachers from across the province.