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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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