Reconciliation is not a goal to be achieved, but a way of living together
for reconciliation requires new curriculum, resources, and time for Indigenous
and non-Indigenous teachers to work together in a spirit of mutual respect. But
beyond that, it requires us all to participate in a personal and political
process of decolonization.
BCTF participates in Gord Downie’s “Secret Path” education for reconciliation project
The BCTF's Aboriginal Education co-ordinator, Gail Stromquist, was one of 33 teachers from across Canada who met in Ottawa for a two-day National Educators' Curriculum Collaboration dedicated to education for reconciliation. The curricular materials are centred around “The Secret Path,” a legacy project of Tragically Hip leader Gord Downie, who suffers from a terminal brain tumour.
Government promoting two-tiered education system and segregation of children with special needs instead of support for all students
A recent funding announcement from government granting private schools $1 million for specialized programs for children with special needs only serves to promote a harmful two-tiered and exclusive vision for education in British Columbia.
BCTF report to MLAs calls for significant boost
Once again the BC Teachers' Federation is urging provincial legislators to follow through on their own previous recommendations to increase public education funding.
With a $1.9 billion surplus, it's time to re-invest in BC's public schools
The BC government announced a projected provincial budget surplus of over $1.9 billion even as school districts around the province are considering more school closures and deeper cutbacks. BCTF President Glen Hansman reacted to the news by calling on the government to make an immediate and substantial re-investment in BC's public education system.
BCTF releases list of best kids’ books as selected by BC teachers
As part of the BC Teachers’ Federation’s 100th anniversary, the BCTF encouraged members to recommend their favourite kids’ books to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. The result is
a list of 100 books each for elementary and secondary students with an accompanying online resource and poster set to promote the books and the love of reading.
Ministry of Education posts important curriculum updates
Teachers can now read updated proposals for the revised grades
10-12 curriculum as well as the finalized versions of the
K-9 curriculum on the
Ministry of Education website. The government has also posted
instructional samples created by teachers from across the province.