We are sharing strategies, more resources, and, a quick sheet for the norms from the last meeting's presentation. In addition, we are including resources for continuing the conversation about Black History past February.
Please find attached this month’s copy of Seeds of Social Justice, with the spotlight on Antiracism. It contains many great resources related to Antiracism. Also, note the ‘Opportunities for Members’ section in the PDF, listing upcoming Climate Justice events in April and info on the Committee for Action on Social Justice openings for next school year.
Lastly, here are some SEJ related dates this month:
1: Disability Day of Mourning A day to remember victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. Under the link you can find a victim’s index by year or categories such as country, age, etc. Further resources can be found on the BCTF’s Disability Justice website.
1-8: International Women’s Week and International Women’s Day (Mar. 8) Some ideas on how to engage your students and raise awareness of gender inequality can be found on this Gov’t of Canada website. Further resources can be found on the BCTF’s Status of Women website.
21: World Down Syndrome Day Under the link you will find a ‘Schools Pack’ with great resources to help explain Down Syndrome and educate others about it.
21-27: Week of Solidarity with People Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Mar 21) “Youth standing up against racism” is this year’s theme. See the BCTF’s Antiracism website for resources and lesson plans.
22: World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water (see the link for a toolkit under the ‘Learn’ tab). Many Indigenous communities in Canada do not have access to clean drinking water. Currently there are 58 long-term drinking water advisories in effect in 39 communities. See this website for a map of communities affected.
24: Equal Pay Day (US date) The date symbolizes how far into this year women must work to earn the same amount that men earned last year.
25: International Day of the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Lots of great resources related to the topic can be found on this UN website under the Resources and Multimedia tabs.
27: Earth Hour (8:30 PM – 9:30 PM) Switch off your lights to show support for our planet! The BCTF has Climate Justice resources here.
31: Transgender Day of Visibility Dedicated to celebrating transgender people, their contributions to society and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people. Download the Vancouver Parks Board guide for further resources or see the resources on the CCGSD site. Also check out the BCTF’s LGBTQ2S+ website for resources.
21 - CASJ– LGBTQ2S action group.pdf
2021 Day of pink poster-Secondary-Print.pdf
Please find attached this month’s copy of Seeds of Social Justice, with the spotlight on Disability Justice. In the attached PDF you will find links to resources around Disability Justice. Also note that February is Black History Month. Many great resources for Black History Month have already been shared with you thanks to Michael and Kal. See Michael Bui’s email dated January 14th (Subject: re Black History Month Resources) and Kal Gill’s post about resources on Teams under the General Channel (Kal Gill: Anti-Racism and Black History Month Resources ). In addition, the BCTF has published a short history along with a list of resources to celebrate the month here: https://bctf.ca/socialjustice.aspx?id=17660. On a separate note, there is a volunteer opportunity on the BCTF’s Committee for Action on Social Justice LGBTQ2S+ Action Group. Deadline to apply is Feb. 16th (see attached PDF).
SEJ related dates this month:
6: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation The UN estimates that there are 4.16 million girls around the world who are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation this year.
15-21: BC Heritage Week See the link for events organized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, including an Urban Sketching Workshop (registration required).
20: United Nations World Day of Social Justice The theme for this year is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.”
21-27: Freedom to Read Week This is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.” The link takes you to a resources page that has more info on publications that have been censored in Canada.
24: Pink Shirt Day See the link to the BCTF’s page for resources and lesson plans to celebrate diversity and stop bullying. Also see the attached PDF from the BCTF with some awesome ideas and resources on teaching about homophobia and transphobia for various curricular areas.
If anyone is ever interested in doing something formal school wide for any of the dates that I send you, or any other SEJ event/topic, please let me know and we can talk about organizing something.
Seeds of Social Justice - November newsletter
11: Remembrance Day https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators/quick-facts/remembrance-day
15–21: BC Multiculturalism Week https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism/multiculturalism/multiculturalismweek
20: National Child Day https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/childhood-adolescence/national-child-day.html
20: Transgender Day of Remembrance https://vancouvertdor.com/about/
25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—16 days of action begins https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/index-en.html
27: Buy Nothing Day https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/events/buy-nothing-dayblack-friday
The BCTF has named November Anti-poverty Month. The inequities in society have only increased this year due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis.
They created a report in 2019 of the key focus areas to reduce poverty, which can be found in this report: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/initiatives-plans-strategies/poverty-reduction-strategy/togetherbc.pdf
Of interest is also the report from the gov't on what they have heard from 8500 community members on poverty: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/242/2018/07/WWH_Report-PovertyReductionStrategy_FINAL.pdf
A great link would also be to the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, comprised of over 100 organizations, which advocated for the creation of the above reports. They also have very relevant and timely info on their site at https://www.bcpovertyreduction.ca/full-blueprint.
SJ Action Groups:
There are seven Social Justice Action Groups within the BCTF, each composed of four members from the provincial Committee for Action on Social Justice (CASJ). Each action group provides lesson plans and other resources for classroom teachers on their respective areas of focus. Please take a look at these links for resources and further info: