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MAY 7, 2019

1.    Seeds of Social Justice:   Below is the link to the May/June edition of Seeds of Social Justice. Within this edition, you will find resources for Asian Heritage Month, World Press Freedom Day, World Fair Trade Day, among many others:

2.    May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. In addition to the link provided in Seeds ( additional resources connected to this can be found at: 

3.    May 21 to 25-Aboriginal Awareness Week

4.    Student Climate Strikes: As many of you have likely been asked about the student climate strikes, below I have included a link to a TED Talk by Greta Thunberg. This talk can be used in your classroom to look at youth activism and/or climate change. One could also open dialogue with their students in regards to the reasons people choose to strike, the personal consequences of striking/activism, and the potential of such actions. Further, one could make curricular links to other forms of activism in history.

APRIL 2, 2019

 Attached is this month’s edition of Seeds, and the online pdf version can be found at:

Some of the links in Seeds were not directing properly, so I have included April’s SJ dates and resources below: 

2.     After the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, I was left wondering what the Killarney community could to do to support our Muslim staff and students. If any staff are interested in meeting to discuss how we might show support to our local Muslim communities, please send me an e-mail and we can find a day that works for us all to meet. Further, if you want to discuss Islamophobia with your students, the BCTF has created a list of resources: 


Islamophobia Resources

(click here for a printable version)


“Hamdulillah” by The Narcicyst ft. Shadia Mansour (music video)   
To say “Hamdulillah” is to be grateful for what one has. The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers—from London to Lebanon, Cairo to Canada, and Abu Dhabi to America—to create a portrait of the new global citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents, and children. Most of all, they are people.

Single Stories (video) 
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice—and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 

“Loves Me Not” poem (video) 
“Loves Me Not,” a video poem created in 2015 during a filmmaking workshop hosted by TIFF Special Delivery and advocacy group Outburst, tells the story of a young Muslim girl who wears the hijab. The poem begins with the girl, her hijab constructed with colourful petals. She holds a flower in her hand, but as she suffers from Islamophobia her flower begins to die.

Muslim woman attacked outside a public school in north Toronto (news) 
Toronto police are treating the assault and robbery of a Muslim woman outside a public school in north Toronto as a hate crime. A woman was on her way to pick up her children from a school in North York on Monday when two men physically attacked her while hurling racial slurs, according to police.

Psychological toll of anti-Muslim harassment (news) 
This article examines the psychological toll that anti-Muslim harassment has on some students. “Before the attacks I was mostly treated like everyone else. But now I’m having to answer questions about my religion and the actions of people I don’t even know. It’s a lot of pressure. I mean, I’m only 12.”

“New Muslim Cool” (video) 
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through hard-hitting hip-hop music. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world and himself. “New Muslim Cool” takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums, and jail cells—following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing. Preview before showing upper-intermediate.

“New Muslim Cool” (lesson plan) 

Show Racism the Red Card UK version (lesson plan) 
This resource is not intended to provide education about the Islamic faith. The activities have been designed to help young people to challenge stereotypes and prejudice toward Muslims and gain a greater historical and political awareness of the climate, which has enabled Islamophobia to flourish in recent times. See page five for a great 15-minute myth-busting quiz.

Do You Know Who I Am? (video)  
Since the terrifying attacks in Paris in November there has been a huge spike in attacks on British Muslims, with over 115 recorded in a single week during that month, including a petrol bomb being thrown into a mosque in East London. On the streets, those targeted are mostly young, female Muslims—women wearing hijabs. Watch British-Muslim youth explain how they feel in 2015 United Kingdom.

#DoIMatterNow Campaign (news) 
The #DoIMatterNow campaign was started by Inuit women who donned makeshift niqabs and took pictures decrying the systematic disenfranchisement of First Nations people while expressing solidarity with Muslim women affected by Stephen Harper’s policies. As explained by the campaign’s manifesto (cited by  
VICE), it aimed to both build solidarity and draw attention to long-standing systemic issues affecting indigenous Canadian women, including the high rates of unresolved kidnappings and murders.

Impact of School Bullying and Discrimination on California Muslim Students (report) 
“Your existence is always interrogated, investigated, and questioned.”–Wajahat Ali 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the largest American-Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Its mission is to enhance a general understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline604-343-3828 
The hotline will connect individuals who have experienced discrimination with free, confidential legal advice and information.

Investigating Discrimination  (lesson plan) 
A variety of activities intended to shed light on the meaning of discrimination, and how to act responsibly in the face of discriminatory actions.

Muslim Hip-Hop Dancers Break Down Stereotypes (news and video)
Muslim hip-hop group "We're Muslim, Don't Panic" breaks down stereotypes by dancing in niqab.

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS  (video)
In this episode we look at situation where someone flips the script – does the opposite of what their natural instinct is, and in this way transforms a situation. Usually when someone is hostile to us, we are hostile right back. The psychological term is "complementarity". But then in rare cases someone manages to be warm, and what happens as a result can be surprising. The episode starts with a story about a dinner party in DC, when an attempted robbery was foiled by... a glass of wine and some cheese. Then we travel across the pond, to Denmark, where police officers are attempting to combat the growing problem of Islamic radicalization with... love. And finally, we talk to a man who attempted to flip the script on one of our most basic animal functions: finding a mate.

Migrant justice resources 

Check Your Head—Migrant Justice Workshop (workshop) 
Who is Canadian? Who is an immigrant? Who decides? Explore the history and causes of immigration and challenge antimigrant racism. This workshop breaks down stereotypes and advocates for a world where no one is “illegal. 
Learning outcomes

·       To identify ways that media and dominant cultural references affect our understanding of how we view different communities within Canada.

·       To understand concepts like “immigrant,” “indigenous,” and “Canadians” and the history of immigration in Canada.

·       To understand the root causes of immigration in their local and global dimensions.

·       To build a toolkit of ways to discuss these issues with friends and to respond to stereotypes when we encounter them.

·       To think about ways to make our schools safer and accessible for migrant students.

These workshops typically cost $100, but they may be offered for free. Register now.

Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration (web)
This ground-breaking multi-media project documents nine years of immigration changes by the federal government.

Educator's Guide: Helping Students Deal with Trauma Related to Geopolitical Violence and Islamophobia (web) 
A guidebook for educators to help fight Islamophobia and its effect on Muslim children in Canadian classrooms.

Islamophobia Lesson Plans 

·       Islamophobia Primary Lesson Plan

·       Islamophobia Secondary Lesson Plan: Part 1

·       Islamophobia Secondary Lesson Plan: Part 2


MARCH 11, 2019
  1. This month’s edition of Seeds of Social Justice can be found at:
  2. March 3-9th marks International Women's Week, and International Women's Day is on Friday, March 8.  In addition to the resources on the BCTF Status of Women page, teachers from a variety of disciplines could also explore:
  • A resource that outlines the history of international women’s day and its intersection with the labour movement (could be used in SS, SJ or Econ):'s%20struggle.pdf
  • The International Women’s Day website (includes a photo contest idea that could be used in photography class, among others):
  • The Government of Canada website. This year’s theme is involves STEM (could be used in Science, Tech or Math classrooms)
  • Science teachers may also want to look at:
  • The UN has created a variety of resources, including a social media challenge: “For International Women’s Day, join us to increase the visibility and recognition of women trailblazers. Follow @UN_Women to take one of the daily challenges, from finding a woman on your currency to sharing a street named after a woman in your town. A new challenge will be revealed every day!”(could be used in New Media classrooms, among others.  In addition, they have a section on women’s activism that could be used in Social Justice classes):
  • For film teachers, Film Education has a resource that could be used. It is from a few years ago, but has some ideas for discussing representation in various films:[3]%20copy.pdf
  • The Media Education has compiled a list of films connected to International Women’s Day (These films can be used in a variety of classes depending on the theme; PE teachers might be interested in, Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete).


FEBRUARY 4, 2019
  1. Below is the link to this month's edition Seeds of Social Justice.  This edition of Seeds of Social Justice provides resources to support teachers and students in contributing to a more inclusive society for LGBTQ2S+ people:  
  2. February is Black History Month. I have included a link to some resources below: 
  3. February 27th is Pink Shirt Day:​

DECEMBER 4, 2018
I have attached a copy of the December Seeds of Social Justice. In addition the link is below: 
2.  Reminder:  This Thursday, December 6th, is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
3.  As a possible way to take up this National Day of Remembrance, I have attached a lesson plan from the BCTF's Status of Women Action Group (adapted from We Can End ALL Violence Against Women). The link to this lesson plan is also included below:
4.  For more resources on Gender based violence: 
5.  Also, Seeds has some resources and links for Dec.10th, Human Rights Day. In particular, they have provided a link to the illustrated version of the UNDHR: 
6.  Dec. 18th is also International Migrant's Day.  BCTF's Peace And Global Ed Action Group has created a zine that follows the journey of a Yazidi girl seeking refuge in Canada. As this zine has few words, it can be a great way to introduce themes associated with displacement to any classroom context. The zine and an abundance of resource/lesson can be found at this link. 
NOVEMBER 14, 2018
This is just a reminder that the BCTF puts out a monthly resource, The Seeds of Social Justice 
  1. This month is Anti-Poverty Month: The seeds of Social Justice, and the BCTF website, include some wonderful anti-poverty resources:  
  2. Thank you to the teachers and students involved in the Remembrance Day Assembly, and their work to highlight the role of pacifists and unsung heroes often ignored in the dominant narrative.  Part of our commitment to honour veterans, and give students a fulsome understanding of the impacts of war, should include discussions of the intersection of poverty and the veteran community:   &
  3. Nov. 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. In light of the recent attacks on transgender rights in the US, here are some resources for taking up this day of remembrance in your classes on Nov. 20th: 
With Halloween this week, I thought I would send out some more resources regarding Halloween costumes: 
  1. For those of you that were not here last year, I have re-attached the list of resources sent out (HalloweeenResources.doc) and the resource from the Aboriginal Ed Committee (CultureIsNotACostume.pdf). What follows are some new resources not shared last year:
  2. I am Not A Costume Campaign:
  3. Student, Vy Nguyen, sent this piece from Teen Vogue about cultural appropriation:
    In the first video feature of the "Don't Do It Girl" series, 6 women address cultural appropriation at Halloween and explain why their culture is not a costume.

  4. In light of the recent Megan Kelly incident, The Conversation did an excellent piece outlining the history of blackface and minstrels. Often people's intent is not to be harmful; however, they lack the larger cultural and historical understandings. The goal is to educate, not to shame: 
Once again, another racist incident about blackface has made headlines. This time it surrounds NBC host Megyn Kelly, who apologized both on air and in a memo to colleagues after her on-air ...

5.   If you are teaching The Handmaid's Tale, the controversy around Yandy's "Sexy Handmaid" costume would make for rich discussion of irony, or potential satire (if you are feeling generous)?  Or, you could just have a larger discussion about why so many women's costumes are made 'sexy', and the way that Halloween amplifies gender divisions. The Representation Project has some great pieces on this. For example: or more generally:

A few of our interns look for Halloween costumes at a local pharmacy. I started to think about the impact of young girls being encouraged to dress up as sexy kittens while young boys are pushed towards hyper-masculinity and aggression.



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