April 28, 2021

Day of Mourning

In 2020, 151 workers in BC died from workplace injury or disease.

Every year, on April 28, workers, families, employers, and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives on the job. The Day of Mourning (DOM) was established in Canada in 1991, and it is now observed around the world.

On this day, we also honour the workers who have been injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents and renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces.

Visit dayofmourning.bc.ca for more information and a video recognizing those we’ve lost.

The BCTF is a partner in the Day of Mourning BC Schools Project. Young workers are statistically the most likely to suffer injury or death at the workplace. Teachers who want their students to learn about their health and safety rights at their current or future worksites should consider participating in this valuable project in years to come. Go to https://domschools.ca/ for more information.

May 3–7, 2021, is TTOC Appreciation week

2021 TTOC Appreciation week

Show how much you appreciate the TTOCs in your school and local by doing something special for them next week. TTOCs are important members of our school community and our schools could not function without them. Let them know they are seen and appreciated every day, but especially during TTOC Appreciation week. For more information contact Jenny Garrels at jgarrels@bctf.ca

Opportunities for Members

Workshop facilitators
The BCTF is currently looking for facilitators for all our workshop programs. New facilitators will receive three days of online training in August and are expected to co-facilitate at least three workshops per year. We anticipate all workshops will be offered as virtual presentations until at least late fall. To learn more about this program, and how to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is May 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Employment opportunity: Assistant Director, Field Service Division
The Assistant Director, Field Service Division provides support to locals, political action, contract enforcement, bargaining, communications, and the handling of a range of issues including professional, social justice, Aboriginal education, and others. This position is a five-year term position. For more information and application instructions, visit the BCTF Employment Opportunities webpage. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Challenging racist British Columbia: 150 years and Counting

This new resource dives into the long history of racist policies that have impacted Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities in BC over the last 150 years. The illustrated booklet, co-published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Initiatives BC Office, ties the histories of racism and resistance to present day antiracist movements. It is designed with antiracist educators and teachers in mind and intended to help pierce the silences that too often have let racism grow in our communities. You can download the full resource here.

BCTF education eBook collection

The BCTF Information Services Department is excited to share an Education eBook collection for members. You can log in and borrow eBooks using your BCTF member ID and portal password. This Help Document includes detailed instructions on how to borrow and return a book. Happy reading!

Climate justice webinar

The Anti Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC) is organizing a two-part webinar series on climate justice. For more information, visit the AOEC website. Use the links below to register for this event:

 Climate Justice Webinar part 1   Climate Justice Webinar part 2

Student-led activism: Reform to Transform Campaign

Climate Education Reform BC is a student-led organization advocating for justice-driven Climate Change Education in BC schools. Their reform to transform campaign focuses on six necessary changes in BC’s K–12 education system:

  1. A public declaration of a climate emergency from the BC Ministry of Education, alongside a promise to act through a climate justice, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive lens.
  2. The creation of diverse committees at the Ministry and district levels to guide the education reform process.
  3. The creation of a youth advisory committee to work alongside the BC Ministry of Education as well as individual district-level committees to give feedback, and to continually ensure that students are receiving proper climate education.
  4. A revision of the K–12 curriculum to implement education on a variety of topics, including climate justice.
  5. The assessment and provision of professional learning, resources, and support for school staff to enhance their knowledge, tools, and strategies in teaching the reformed curriculum and preparing students for the climate crisis.
  6. The implementation of equitable school infrastructure in alignment with transitioning towards a 95% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

To show your support for the Reform to Transform Campaign, visit Climate Education Reform BC’s website and add your name to their open letter for Minister Whiteside and the BC Ministry of Education.