SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
The BCTF is proud of its history as a social justice union. This means that as an organization of professionals, we accept and act on our broad responsibility to be involved in the social development of the communities and the province we live in, and we do this in the interests of the children we teach.
A social justice union advocates for social change that will enhance equity, security and safety, sustainability of communities, participation of citizens in social change, and access to opportunities for personal growth and development.
The social justice initiatives of the Federation focus on antipoverty child and youth issues, women’s rights, antiracism, gender equity, LGBTQ issues, bullying, environmental justice, peace and global education, and violence prevention. In addition, the Federation has an advisory committee on Aboriginal education.
IMPORTANT EVENTS & LATEST NEWS
Please read more about the UBC SOGI Summer Institute; Other Summer Learning: Gender Spectrum; Student Spotlight: CampOUT!; Fall SOGI Educator Summit: Save the Date.
Saturday, June 5, 12:30-3:30 pm: The VSTA Social & Environmental Justice Committee will be hosting a 2SLGBTQ+ Issues Session open to all VSTA members who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Read more for details and registration.
The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to share the launch of Doing Things Differently: A Disability Rights at Work Handbook. This new resource was developed to support disability rights advocates in every workplace and outline the important role unions have in advancing disability rights in the world of work.
May 26, 7-8:30 pm – In light of increased violence against Asians in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance of BC invites you to consider how art can be used to organize against racism and imagine ideas of solidarity and community care.
Click here for the May-June edition of Seeds of Social Justice, which offers strategies to bring a focus on LGBTQ2S+ issues into your classrooms.