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May 9, 2018

  1. Mental Health Week: A reminder to take time for yourself
  2. BCTF and locals still working hard on remedy challenges
  3. Bear witness to Jordan’s Principle
  4. Opportunities for members: Teacher Qualification Service

Mental Health Week: A reminder to take time for yourself

StarlingIt's Mental Health Week across Canada, and the focus this year is not on the one-in-five Canadians who struggle with mental health issues, but on all of us who need to pay attention to our self-care. As teachers, it can be hard to keep up with our own mental health and wellness because we are so dedicated to helping others.

That's why Starling, in co-operation with the BCTF, is inviting you to break old habits and focus on yourselves. We've tailored a four-week challenge to guide you. In a series of interactive learning activities, you'll discover ways to integrate new skills to better manage daily stressors at work and at home.

The program is designed to help you reflect and re-adjust thinking and behaviour patterns that decrease well-being. Teachers who complete the challenge often say they wish they had started sooner because they are finally living life to the fullest.

How do I get started?

Visit the Starling website and sign up to create your personal account. Starling is strictly confidential and free for you and your family. To add a family member, simply sign into your Starling profile and select the referral tab. Enter their email address and an invitation will be sent to them.

BCTF and locals still working hard on remedy challenges

With the end of the school year coming soon and challenges remaining on the question of remedy, the Federation has begun direct discussions with decision-makers in government to resolve the issue. More detailed information is online here

Bear witness to Jordan’s Principle

Jordan's PrincipleJordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child who was born with complex medical needs. Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his at-home care. Jordan died in hospital when he was five, never having spent a day in his family home.

Jordan's Principle aims to ensure First Nations children can access all public services in a way that reflects their distinct cultural needs, takes account of the historical disadvantage due to colonization, and without experiencing service denials, delays, or disruptions related to their First Nations status.

It has been 11 years since Jordan's Principle was unanimously passed in the House of Commons and two years since the Canadian Human Rights tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement it by May 10, 2016. In May 2017, the tribunal issued a third non-compliance order finding Canada's approach to Jordan's Principle to be unlawful and discriminatory. While some progress has been made in the past year, more needs to be done to ensure First Nations children get the help they need, when they need it.

Show your support and “bear witness” to Jordan's Principle by bringing your teddy bears to daycare, school, or work on May 10. Host a bear birthday party, coffee break, or lunch to learn more and to honour Jordan River Anderson!

Don't forget to tweet and post your photos using the hashtags #JordansPrinciple and #BearWitnessDay.

Opportunities for members: Teacher Qualification Service

A three-year term position as a BCTF representative on the board of the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) is now open. The TQS is governed by the Teacher Qualification Service Board comprising five members: two from the BCTF, two from the BC School Trustees Association, and a chairperson selected by the first four. The TQS Board meets three to four times a year, for one or two days each meeting. Applicants must have active BCTF membership status and knowledge and experience with contracts, salary scales, and teacher education and certification.

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2018. More information and the CV form can be found here

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