Welcome to the BC Teachers’ Federation online museum!
The founding meeting of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation took place on January 4, 1917 at King Edward High School at Oak Street and 12thAvenue in Vancouver. At the time, it was the city’s only secondary school. Mr. J. G. Lister was elected the first BCTF president, and the objectives adopted at that meeting continue to guide the Federation to this day:
• To foster and promote the cause of education.
• To raise the status of the teaching profession in BC.
• To promote the welfare of the teachers of BC.
The BCTF decided to build this online museum to mark 100 years of advocacy towards these key objectives, and to celebrate the tremendous commitment and creativity of hundreds of thousands of public school teachers over the decades.
Looking back, it’s clear that BCTF members have consistently led the way in making BC’s public school system among the finest in the world. We’ve tried to capture their stories in ways that visitors will find engaging. And we hope you’ll enjoy browsing through our exhibits, which depict our collective struggles and lessons learned in a century of teaching and learning across our vast province.
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
100–550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2
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