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INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

BIPOC Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

BIPOC Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Monday, December 14 from 4:00-5:30 pm. The meeting is open to all VSTA members who identify as part of the BIPOC community. Read more for details and registration in MyVSTA.

MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens

MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens

Thursday, December 3, 6PM. You are invited to hear from incredible MST Host Nation thought leaders to re-envision the built form centred in right relation to our land, waters and skies.” Read more for registration and event details.

Indigenous Education Focus Group

Indigenous Education Focus Group

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm – Secondary teachers who identify as Indigenous are invited to a Focus Group to work together and share how this committee can best serve Indigenous educators and to further improve Indigenous education for our students.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Wednesday, September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. We are hoping that all staff and students will wear orange in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. Read more for resource links.

BIPOC Conference

BIPOC Conference

UNLEARNING THE COLONIAL
Saturday, October 5, 2019
on unceded Coast Salish Territories at Byrne Creek Community School, Burnaby. Read more for details and registration.

Letter of Support of the Unist’ot’en Camp

The VSTA is in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp near Houston, BC. We are concerned about the unjust treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people by the Federal Government’s use of the RCMP to forcibly remove them from their unceded and traditional lands.

Letter of Support of the Unist’ot’en Camp

March 4, 2019

The Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association (VSTA) is writing in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp near Houston, BC.  We are concerned about the unjust treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people by the Federal Government’s use of the RCMP to forcibly remove them from their unceded and traditional lands.  The Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government have both committed to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Article 8.2.b of the Declaration states that “States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources.” The treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people is in direct contradiction to the aforementioned article.

Canada has made a solemn commitment to reconciliation and as Public School teachers, in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we have been tasked and honoured with the duty of working towards building relationships between settlers and Indigenous people.  The only way that our nation will ever be able to achieve true reconciliation is by treating all Indigenous peoples with respect, which includes respecting their rightful claim to protect their territory.  We call upon your government to its promise and commitment to the TRB Calls to Action as well as the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

cc: Premier John Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Coastal GasLink, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Letter of Support of the Unist’ot’en Camp

March 4, 2019

The Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association (VSTA) is writing in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp near Houston, BC.  We are concerned about the unjust treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people by the Federal Government’s use of the RCMP to forcibly remove them from their unceded and traditional lands.  The Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government have both committed to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Article 8.2.b of the Declaration states that “States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources.” The treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people is in direct contradiction to the aforementioned article.

Canada has made a solemn commitment to reconciliation and as Public School teachers, in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we have been tasked and honoured with the duty of working towards building relationships between settlers and Indigenous people.  The only way that our nation will ever be able to achieve true reconciliation is by treating all Indigenous peoples with respect, which includes respecting their rightful claim to protect their territory.  We call upon your government to its promise and commitment to the TRB Calls to Action as well as the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

cc: Premier John Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Coastal GasLink, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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