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STA Executive Chair:

Amanda Culver

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 poverty, child and youth issues, race relations, gender equity, homophobia and heterosexism, bullying, environmental issues, globalization, and violence prevention. In addition, the Federation has an advisory committee on Aboriginal education.

SOGI Resources

Bite Size SOGI – Made by Kelli Kraft – SOGI Lead in Victoria

If you are looking for a good and easy resource about pronouns, check out this one from Trans Care BC!


Social Justice Days & Themes



Hi everyone,

Here is an important petition addressed to the Ministry of Education asking them to mandate two days of in-service training on TRC and UNDRIP in the 2021-2022 school year for all K to12 school district staff in public and independent school systems. 

As you may have heard, the bodies of 215 murdered Indigenous youth and children were revealed at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. As settlers we have to dig deep and ask ourselves, what role has education played in the genocide of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island? It is only when we confront and accept the truth, that we can move forward in Reconciliation. We send love and condolences to our Indigenous colleagues, students, and supporters, who have to relive the trauma of colonization on a daily basis. AOEC commits to doing better. In this spirit, please find our open letter to the Ministry of Education, demanding two days of in-service for the 2021/2022 school year to focus on reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples To read our full letter, visit We must read, learn and reckon. We ask that you join our call by signing and amplifying our petition. This demand is for settlers in the K-12 education system, please find our letter of love to our Indigenous colleagues on our website, we commit to doing better for you and our students.
Teacher Activism: What Does it Look Like?Are you wondering what practical teacher activism resembles? Come and learn how educators Monica, Nikitha, Ramona, Trevor and Kenneth are transforming pedagogy and student learning experiences through collaboration, ally-ship, organizing and resource sharing. Remember, best educators don’t limit themselves into their traditional classroom walls! Wednesday, June 23, 20215:00-6:00pmFind the link to register here:

Vancouver Island K-12 Teacher GSA:

Are you a teacher that identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community? If so, we welcome you to join the Vancouver Island K-12 Teacher GSA. This is a safe and private group. All of us are here to learn, grow, and create a supportive environment together. Here, you can ask questions, share stories/resources, have healthy discussions, and feel supported by fellow teachers.


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