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BCTF statement of solidarity with Iranian-Canadians

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On behalf of the 45,000 members of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, I want to express deepest condolences to all those who are grieving the loss of friends, family, and loved ones in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in Tehran.  

Teachers take seriously our responsibility to educate our students about news and current affairs, so this tragedy will be the topic of classroom discussions for many days and weeks to come. We as teachers go beyond the academic realm and help deal with the social and psychological impacts that this terrible event is having, and will continue to have, upon our students.   

Some of us have children and youth in our classes who are directly related to victims, or who knew them as part of the close-knit Iranian-Canadian community here in BC. We’ll be taking special care to watch over them and listen to them with open hearts.  

It’s a sad fact that in times of conflict and uncertainty, immigrants and people of colour often face increased racism, Islamophobia, and marginalization. Being aware of that, BC teachers are firmly committed to standing up against the trend towards intolerance and exclusion. 

We are prepared to actively support students and families who may be feeling more vulnerable and less safe at this terrible time. We believe that all children have the right to learn in safe schools that are at the heart of welcoming communities. We stand in solidarity with you now and into the future.  

Teri Mooring
BCTF President