June 21, 2017
- New teaching resource on the legacy of BC’s Indian Residential Schools
- Richmond trustees speak out against uncertain funding for implementation of Supreme Court win
- Latest updates on education change, the revised curriculum, and assessment
- Two big wins for social justice and labour unions in Ottawa
- Opportunities for Members
New teaching resource on the legacy of BC’s Indian Residential Schools
As our country recognizes National Aboriginal Day, the BC Teachers' Federation has launched a new teaching resource to help educators in BC and across Canada teach students about the history and legacy of residential schools. Gladys We Never Knew: The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School is a comprehensive guide complete with lesson plans, readings, background information, and projects to help teachers and students examine the impacts of residential schools on First Nations communities, families, and children. Students learn about the short life and tragic death of Gladys Chapman, a child from the Spuzzum Nation who died of tuberculosis at age 12 in Kamloops Indian Residential School. Watch a recording of the very special launch event that honoured some of Gladys's surviving siblings, and thanked them for entrusting us with her story.
Richmond trustees speak out against uncertain funding for implementation of Supreme Court win
The Richmond Board of Education has published a letter sent to the Minister of Education, expressing the board's “deep concern” regarding the lack of certainty around when and if the school district will receive the funding required to fully implement teachers' restored collective agreement for the 2017-18 school year. The BCTF and our locals have been encouraging school trustees to speak out and share Richmond's concern about the lack of government certainty and that the priority should be “ensuring the next school year starts with the supports and staffing in place that our collective agreement requires and that students deserve.” No cuts to any teaching or support staff positions should be occurring. Where they are, government bears responsibility for this.
Latest updates on education change, the revised curriculum, and assessment
As the current school year comes to a close, the BCTF's latest Education Change Bulletin is a comprehensive review of where things stand on curriculum revision, assessment, and overall education change. Go through the current bulletin or review past editions to learn more, read some useful analysis, and get important advice.
Two big wins for social justice and labour unions in Ottawa
Two important legislative changes that have passed through Canada's Parliament and Senate this month are big wins for social justice and labour rights. On June 15, the Senate finally passed Bill C-16, which includes language prohibiting discrimination against transgender and gender non-binary individuals, and includes protections provided by the hate speech and hate crime provisions in Canadian law. The BCTF has been one of the organizations across Canada, along with other affiliates of the Canadian Labour Congress, working hard to see these changes come to fruition.
That same week, Canada's unions celebrated the adoption of Bill C-4, legislation that repealed the former Conservative government's controversial anti-union Bills C-377 and C-525. The former Conservative government introduced the legislation in an effort to tie up labour organizations in red tape that would have forced unions, their suppliers, and other businesses they work with to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed--all at taxpayer expense. Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for workers in federally regulated workplaces to join a union.
Opportunities for Members
The BCTF is currently looking for members to serve as parent presenters and French programs and services facilitators. Visit the Federation's Committee/Facilitator Postings page to learn more about the roles and apply.