BCTF Public Education Conference

*Circulated on behalf of BC Teachers’ Federation

The BC Teachers Federation is hosting a conference on May 12/13 that I thought you might be interested in. It’s called the Public Education Conference and the theme is responding to hate in our schools and communities. The event is intended for parents and union members working towards equity and justice in public education and is being held in Surrey. Registration is directly through the BCTF so interested parents and teachers can reach out to Anna Chudnovsky, Assistant Director of Political Action and Outreach at the BCTF ( to register. All costs are covered by the BCTF. Please see the description below for more information.

Note, there is not a public website announcing this workshop as it is an invitation only event.  

On Friday evening we are lucky to be hearing from the BC Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender, along with former BCTF president Glen Hansman, followed on Saturday by a series of workshops from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, a variety of elected trustees from the region, as well as students and education advocates.

Caring adult toolkit on responding to hate

The Anti-Hate Network
What hate feels like in schools and online

IMAGINE—Students’ Voice
Lessons from the municipal election and what to prepare for at the school board

School trustees Gurveen Dahliwal, Suzie Mah, Mikelle Sasakamoose, and Teri Westerby
Media training: Get school issues in the news

Rich Overgaard, BCTF Communications and Campaigns Director
A public education to rebuild the community

Andrée Gacoin, BCTF Research Director, and the Trinational Coalition in Defence of Public Education
Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ students through co-ordinated advocacy

Glen Hansman, Vancouver teacher and former BCTF President
Hopes and dreams for public education

Institute for Public Education
Want to run?

Patti Bacchus, journalist and former school trustee
If you’re interested in attending, please email The BCTF would be more than happy to welcome you at no cost.