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June 15, 2017

  1. Speak up for a great start to next school year
  2. New Ministry posting on reporting
  3. Teachers invited to rethink Canada 150
  4. Help stop the rise of hate crimes

Speak up for a great start to next school year

Speak upA new social media shareable and community newspaper ad campaign is making its way across BC to raise awareness about the role parent and teacher advocacy can have in the successful implementation of our restored collective agreement language. Please share the BCTF's Facebook post or retweet it on Twitter.

Across BC, we are beginning a new chapter in public education--one that will bring an end to 15 years of cuts and closures. BC teachers are working toward a great start to the new school year, but we can't do it alone. We need government to invest in full implementation of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling, without cutting existing services to kids.

School boards need to work with us to hire the teachers needed to create smaller classes and ensure extra support for students who need it. Please, join us in calling on newly elected MLAs, local trustees, and district management to provide the information and political will to make the next school year better--for all our students' sake!

New Ministry posting on reporting

The Federation is currently seeking three teachers and three alternates to serve on the Ministry of Education's K-9 Student Reporting Policy Committee. This group will be tasked with providing advice to the Ministry in support of the creation of a final K-9 Student Reporting Policy, which is expected to be in effect for the 2018-19 school year. Teachers representing primary, intermediate, and upper grade levels (7-9) are requested to serve on this team. Go to the BCTF Opportunities for Members page to learn more and apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

Teachers invited to rethink Canada 150

RethinkingThis Canada Day will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Just as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has asked us to take a hard look at the history of Canada's treatment of Indigenous people in residential schools, a new initiative called Rethinking Canada 150 is asking Canadians to reflect on our country's relationship with First Nations people. The initiative asks Canadians of all walks of life to critically examine how Canada came to be, how it was settled, and who paid the price for its colonization following European contact. Teachers are invited to explore a series of resources curated by the BCTF that can help students examine how to live up to Canadians' shared belief that we are an inclusive and caring nation. 

Help stop the rise of hate crimes

New information out from Statistics Canada has found an alarming 60% increase in reports of hate crimes against Muslims in Canada. In a report by the CBC, the National Council of Canadian Muslims states the overly heated rhetoric from both the 2015 federal election in Canada and the 2016 US election are part of the cause. The BCTF has a series of resources available online that teachers can access to help promote inclusivity and push back against the rise in Islamophobia.