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Educators play a key role in anti-racism movement: BCTF

On the heels of a large anti-racism rally in Vancouver on Saturday, August 19, BCTF president Glen Hansman calls on teachers and educators to take up the work of educating children and youth to end racism in an editorial in The Vancouver Sun.

“We…know that authentic connection to others is the best inoculation against the fear and alienation that lead youth to radical groups,” Hansman says. Meanwhile in Ontario, the Elementary Teacher’s Federation has passed a resolution calling for a name change for all schools called Sir John A. MacDonald in Ontario. This call is supported by BC’s own First Nations Education Steering Committee, whose president Tyrone McNeil says elementary school through to post-secondary curriculum needs to change.

The Ontario union wants the name change because of what it calls MacDonald’s role as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous peoples” and the impact that has on the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, parents and educators.

Read Glen Hansman’s editorial here and an interview with Tyrone McNeil here.

For resources on anti-racism education, the Teach BC website has 26 anti-racism curriculum options available. Search ‘anti-racism’ on the Teach BC resources home page.

Another anti-racism curriculum and activity website here.

Teacher Sonja Cherry-Paul’s blog on teaching anti-racism for grades 4-7 here.

For an article on how to talk to kids about Charlottesville: click here.