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Current BCTF policies

The following are examples of the many different policies and procedures found in the Members’ Guide directing the work of the BCTF for this particular CASJ Action Group.

Antiracism

1.A.67―That the BCTF urge faculties of education in British Columbia to require that all preservice teachers receive mandatory education in Aboriginal peoples’ history as founding nations and training in antiracism as it relates to Aboriginal students.

(09 AGM, p. 8)

15.16—Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award
1. That the BCTF make available the Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award to students enrolled in a discrete teacher education program at a public university in British Columbia.
2. That the award be granted annually to a student completing the final year of the Bachelor of Education Degree in secondary school teaching and a student completing the final year of a Bachelor of Education in elementary school teaching who, in the opinion of the Dean of Education and director of the division (elementary or secondary), is an outstanding student in the graduating class who has:
b. been actively involved in issues related to poverty, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, antiracism, peace, global, or environmental issues.
15.30―Bob Rosen Social Justice Award 1. That the Bob Rosen Social Justice Award be granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution in working for systemic change on issues of social justice, including but not limited to one or more of the following: antiracism, peace and global education, environmental justice, the status of women, antipoverty, and LBGTQ issues.

41.A.01—Racism—A set of implicit or explicit beliefs, assumptions and actions based on an ideology of inherent superiority of one racial or ethnic group over another and evident within organizational or institutional structures and programs, as well as within individual thought and behaviour patterns. While different racial groups can be prejudiced against each other, racism implies that one racial group is in a position of power in relation to other groups. Racism equals prejudice and power. Racist Slurs—Are insulting and disparaging statements directed towards a particular racial or ethnic group. Racist Incidents—Express racist assumptions and beliefs through banter, racist jokes, name-calling, teasing, discourteous treatment, graffiti, stereotyping, threats, vicious insults, physical violence or genocide. The term racist refers to an individual, 145 institution or organization whose beliefs, actions or programs imply or state that certain races have distinctive negative or inferior characteristics determined by hereditary factors. Racist behaviour connotes aggressive, abusive or dangerous acts directed towards racial or ethnic minorities.

(Sept 94 Ex, p. 5)

41.A.03—Human Rights—An official doctrine and corresponding set of policies and practices in which cultural, racial, ethnic, physical, mental, and family differences are formally promoted and incorporated as an integral component of the political, social and symbolic order. Public education should include administrative policies and procedures, curriculum and learning activities, that recognizes the experiences and contributions of diverse cultural groups. One of the aims of public education is to promote understanding of and respect for cultural and human rights. Antiracist education—An approach to education that integrates the perspective of Aboriginal and racial minority groups into an educational system and its practices. The aim of antiracist education is the elimination of racism in all its forms. Antiracist education seeks to identify and change educational policies, procedures and practices that foster racism, as well as the racist attitudes and behaviour that underlie and reinforce such policies and practices. Antiracist education provides teachers and students with the knowledge and skills to examine racism critically in order to understand how it originates and to identify and challenge it.

(Sept 94 Ex, p. 6) (May 15 Ex, p. 4)

41.A.05—That the BCTF foster and promote educational and social policies that counter racism and welcome multiculturalism.

(85 AGM, p. 6)

41.A.07—That the BCTF provide, and encourage other authorities to provide the necessary in-service programs, resources and materials to prepare members and employees for work in a multicultural environment.

(85 AGM, p. 6)

41.A.09—That the BCTF: 1. assist in identifying ethnically offensive material and racism in all its forms. 2. assist members through in-service programs and the identification of multicultural materials in countering racially and ethnically offensive items.

(85 AGM, p. 6)

41.A.11—That the BCTF develop suggested criteria and encourage the Ministry of Education’s permanent revision committee to use these in identifying ethnically offensive materials, through an ongoing review of all curricular materials.

(85 AGM, p. 6)

41.A.13—That the BCTF openly condemn all or any practice of discrimination on the basis of race or ethnic origin in the communities and schools of this province. Affirmative action programs which are established to ameliorate the effects of past injustice or systemic inequity shall not be considered to be discrimination.

(85 AGM, p. 6) (Jan 92 Ex, p. 11)

41.A.15—That the BCTF seek to achieve adequate physical and professional provisions for students in ESL classes.

(85 AGM, p. 6)

41.A.17—That the Federation state its opposition to any form of “slave auction,” “slave day,” or “student for hire” activities that are patterned in such a way as to offer the service of human beings through a bidding process or mimic a slave auction process.

(01 AGM, p. 31) (17 AGM, p. 9)

41.A.19—1. That the BCTF urge the Ministry of Education and the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Human Rights to pass legislation that will require school districts, in partnership with the community, to develop and implement anti-racist, multicultural policies and programs that will better meet the needs of students within their pluralistic communities. 2. That the BCTF urge the Ministry of Education and the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Human Rights to support anti-racist, multicultural education programs with adequate funding and human resources.

(93 AGM, p. 13)

41.A.21—That local teacher unions work with school districts to develop or review antiracism policy and ensure that these policies include a requirement that all racist incidents at school be reported to the district and that action be taken on these incidents.

(06 AGM, p. 34)

PROCEDURES 41.A.02—That the BCTF:
1. Recognizes that racism does exist in BC schools and is committed to eliminating racism.
2. Recognizes that some racism is individual and some systemic and institutional, and that some racism is conscious and intentional, and some unconscious; further, that all these forms of racism must be opposed.

(Feb 99 Ex, p. 22)

3. Condemn any expression of racial, religious, or ethnic bias by any of its members or employees.

(85 AGM, p. 26)

4. Ensure that its stand on all forms of discriminatory behavior on grounds of race, color or creed is communicated to its members and employees.

(87 AGM, p. 26)

5. Develop and publicize procedures, to be followed by members and employees in dealing with racial, religious or ethnic incidents. These procedures must preserve the dignity and integrity of the victims. (87 AGM, p. 26)
6. a. Work to ensure that those involved in the production of Federation publications and materials monitor them for racial, religious or ethnic bias prior to publications. b. Work to ensure that there is a systematic and ongoing program to revise, upgrade and broaden Federation publications, audio-visual aids, and other supplementary materials, so that they reflect and promote a multicultural society.

(87 AGM, p. 26)

7. Develop in-service programs to assist members and employees in: a. dealing effectively with racial/ethnic incidents; b. working in a multicultural milieu; and c. identifying and countering racist materials and language.

(87 AGM, p. 26)

8. Work with and provide assistance to the larger community in race and ethnic relations.

(87 AGM, p. 26)

9. Try to ensure that the composition of BCTF committees reflects the diversity of the organization and its clients.

(87 AGM, p. 26)

10. Provide support and assistance for members who work in multi-ethnic environments when intercultural conflict becomes a potential threat to the effectiveness of those members.

(85 AGM, p. 26) (87 AGM, p. 12)

42.04—Ed May Memorial Social Responsibility Fund grant allocations
That the following criteria be used to determine the grant allocations from the Ed May Memorial Social Responsibility Fund:
2. The grant is intended to provide advocacy for teacher initiatives in educational change in the areas of antiracism, gender equity, LGBTQ support, environmental education, human rights, Aboriginal education, peace and global education, poverty issues, and violence prevention.

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