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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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