The BC Teachers' Federation is
holding its 99th Annual General Meeting this year with close to 700 delegates
expected to be in Victoria, at the Conference Centre, from March 14-17, 2015.
The latest provincial budget that forces districts to make millions more in
cuts, the future of adult education, technology and privacy, and many more
issues will be on the agenda.
"Teachers' unprecedented job action in 2014 was about taking a stand for
public education and fighting back against government attempts to erase our
court victories and force concessions," said BCTF President Jim Iker. "We are
proud of the gains we were able to achieve - like 400 new teaching positions to
offset cuts-but know there is still a lot of work to move the government from
its underfunding agenda.
"With a string of recent broken promises from
the BC government, including cuts to adult education, forced reductions to
school district budgets, and major delays to much-needed seismic upgrades, BC
teachers are coming in to this AGM ready advocate strongly for their students,
schools, and profession."
Some highlights from the agenda include:
Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.-Following the opening preliminaries, delegates
will hear Jim Iker's President's report followed by the leadership report from
the BCTF Executive Committee. Jim Iker's address will also be available on Livestream.
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.-Official Opposition Leader John Horgan
will deliver greetings on behalf of his Caucus. Invitations were sent to the
Government and Opposition Caucus Chairs.
Monday, March 16, 9:00
a.m.-Keynote address by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of
BC Indian Chiefs. This keynote will be available on Livestream.
Monday, March 16, 12:30 p.m.-Delegates will
disperse across the streets of downtown Victoria to promote the campaign to
raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Much of the meeting will be open
to members of the media and public, but some discussions may be conducted in
closed sessions. The hashtag for the event is #BCTF2015.