Advocacy and Action
Advocacy can take many forms. British Columbians have been faced with a growing need to advocate for a strong and stable public education system.
Concerned citizens have been taking action in diverse ways: lobbying MLAs and school trustees, building coalitions, writing letters to editors, making submissions to legislative committees, holding community forums, writing songs of social change, participating in protest demonstrations. Whatever way you choose to put advocacy into action, you will need solid information and sound strategies to assist you.
Speak out online
Speak out in print
Writing letters to the media and decision-makers about public education issues is a very effective way to speak out and be heard.
Go to the
print media contacts to e-mail a letter to the editor or browse the newspapers’ websites.
Speak out on air
Whether it is the Foundation Skills Assessment, class size or support for students with special needs, public education is often a hot topic on
BC’s talk radio stations. Listen in and then get engaged. Focus in on one or two key points and then have a question ready. Call in and let British Columbians know what you think about the issues.
The BCTF on YouTube
The BCTF joins the YouTube community with videos highlighting public education issues with humour, satire, and irony.
External campaigns and coalitions
The BCTF frequently works in coalition with other groups in support
of public education, public services and other important issues
congruent with Federation policy. The BCTF has joined or is supporing a
number of external campaigns and coalitions.