March 31, 2021
- Students in Grades 4-12 now required to wear masks at school
- Climate Justice Webinar on Earth Day
- Labour Climate Forum
- Children’s General Assembly
- Opportunities for Members
Students in Grades 4-12 now required to wear masks at school
relieved to learn that the province strengthened their position on mask-wearing
in schools, with students in Grades 4–12 now required to wear their masks
full-time while at school, and mask-wearing encouraged among younger students
in Kindergarten to Grade 3. For more details on the new mask mandate, and to
read about other updates to the Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety
Guidelines for schools, click
Climate Justice Webinar on Earth Day
The Environmental Justice Action Group invites classes to attend a
Climate Justice Webinar on April 22 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. The webinar is
for Grades 4–12. We will hear from youth activists, and classes will have a
chance to take part in discussions. The webinar focuses on Earth Day through an
Indigenous lens. Optional pre- and post-webinar activities will be provided. To
register, click on the Events tab in the Member's Portal.
Labour Climate Forum
The BCTF, BCGEU, and the Vancouver and District
Labour Council are hosting a joint virtual Climate Justice Conference on April
10 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Meet other trade unionists and discuss strategies
and actions we can take to leverage labour’s power to solve the climate crisis.
The Conference features expert keynote speakers including: Jane Mcalevey, John
Cartwright, and Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham). The conference will also include two
workshops and a closing panel with youth activists from across BC. Full details and registration information are
available on the conference website.
Children’s General Assembly
While world leaders meet in New York for the UN General Assembly
from September 19–21, 2021, children from around the world will convene their
own assembly to discuss their approach to solving the world’s most critical
issues. The goal of the Children’s Assembly is to present the UN with a united
voice from children around the world. Children ages 10–17, are invited to apply.
For more information and to apply, click here. Apply by April
7, 2021, to participate in the Children’s General Assembly. Those who sign
up after the deadline can still view and comment on the assembly meeting in
Opportunities for Members
The BCTF has several openings on a variety of advisory committees. Advisory
committee positions are volunteer positions with two- or three-year terms.
Please visit the Opportunities for Members page online for descriptions of each
committee, and details about committee members’ roles. The deadline to apply is5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2021.
Opportunity: Director, Field Service Division
The Director of the Field Service Division has overall responsibility for the
effective operation of the division, including the design and implementation of
programs and the administration of budgets. The director supervises and
provides direction to divisional staff. The role includes co-ordinating aspects
of work of the division related to support to locals in political action,
contract enforcement, and a range of professional, social justice, Aboriginal
education, health and safety, and other issues. For more information and
application instructions, view the posting online. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday,
April 16, 2021.
LGBTQ2S+ Issues Session
The BCTF is seeking members to virtually attend a two-day Issues Session for
members who identify as LGBTQ2S+ on May 17 and 18, 2021. Participation in all
meetings is required for those appointed. The issues session will provide
opportunities to strengthen connections and community for BCTF members who
identify as LGBTQ2S+, examine current issues for LGBTQ2S+ teachers, and provide
recommendations regarding future advocacy, supports, policy and/or programs
that could further support LGBTQ2S+ members. For more information and
application instructions, visit the Opportunities for Members page online. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on
April 6, 2021.
Issues Session on Racism
BCTF members who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and persons of colour
are invited to apply to participate in the BCTF 2021 Issues Session on Racism.
The session will take place virtually on the evening of Thursday, April 29 and
all day, Friday, April 30. This issues session will provide opportunities to
strengthen connections between the community of BIPOC members, develop
proposals for concrete actions to address racism, and draft a professional
statement of principles to guide the antiracism work of the BCTF. For more
information on the BCTF Issues Session on Racism, see the reports to the BCTF
Executive Committee on the BCTF Equity and Inclusion webpage. The posting and application form are
available online. The application deadline is Friday, April 9, at