The VSTA acknowledges that we work on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish peoples.

The VSTA strives to provide leadership in the advancement of social and environmental justice. 

BCTF Social 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.



The 16 Days of Action is an international campaign that starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Canada it includes the White Ribbon Campaign on December 6, and finishes December 10, United Nations Human Rights Day. Read more on how you can participate in the 16 Days of Action Campaign.

November 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Canadians began “marking this day in 1999 in response the brutal killing of Rita Hester, a Black Trans woman. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honour all Trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people who were victims of violence, hatred, and discrimination and who had their lives taken”.

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Nov. 8 is about making efforts to better understand the role Indigenous Veterans have played in Canada, and expressing our heartfelt gratitude. Ceremonies are held across Canada to mark this day, and Canadians across the country should pause for a minute or two...

Professional Development Opportunity – Decentering Whiteness

The VSTA continues to commit to creating opportunities that will engage our members in conversation that will challenge racism. Please consider the professional development opportunity described below. The VSTA will be providing the meeting location for a few of these...

Doing Things Differently: A Disability Rights at Work Handbook

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. 

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