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June 2022 Newsletter

Our annual AOEC conference will be back in-person this fall in Burnaby. The AOEC Executive Committee already has conference planning underway - and we're excited to share details with you soon.

In the meantime, please mark the date on your calendar. More information about the conference and registration details coming very soon!

Feature video:
Anti-Asian Racism in B.C.
and the Community Organizers who Stand Against it
Here is the recording of an event organized by The Asian Canadian Labor Alliance (ACLA, BC Chapter) in which they reflect on the global rise in Anti-Asian racism, by speaking to some of the activists who have been organizing and building solidarities against it. Moving beyond the theoretical and academic, you will hear from these individuals about what an anti-racist stance has meant to them in their everyday lives and work in British Columbia and what they believe it should look like in the future.
 



Register here.
 

Open letter to students and colleagues of
the Britannia Secondary School Community in Vancouver
Dear students and colleagues of the Britannia Secondary School Community,

The Anti-Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC) were heartbroken to learn of the harm levied against the 2SLGBTQ+ community at Britannia Secondary.

We love you and support you. You deserve an education free of this harm and you deserve the support needed to heal from this incident. This means that teachers, teacher unions, administration, and the Ministry of Education must be able to account for their part in this and make meaningful amends and changes to stop such harm from happening again.

As teachers, we have the responsibility to create communities of care for our students to thrive in. We have to be responsible with our words and actions. This should be true of all the adults in your world. We know that, unfortunately this was not shown to you. We have much work to do and we commit to helping transform the B.C. education system to be an inclusive place for you, where you can exist in your totality. AOEC has been actively raising awareness within school communities about the impacts of all forms of oppression in the education system.

We know there is still so much work to be done in eradicating the oppressive systems that Queer communities and individuals face – this oppression is rampant and there is a severe lack of accountability undercutting the push for change. Queer communities deserve justice, not just a Pride Month. Despite our tireless efforts to promote anti-oppressive pedagogy across the province, there has been a concerted effort to push back and double-down on oppressive practices at schools.

The events and actions that occurred at Britannia Secondary are examples of how the spirit of oppression still infects our schools. We are committed to creating meaningful action as a result of this horrific event.

We welcome your voices and ideas on how we can move forward. Here are some ideas we are considering and we invite you to provide feedback:
• Lobby the Ministry of Education to develop stronger policies and supports that center the lived experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in the school system
• Supporting and co-creating an accountability process that we would present to the Minister of Education and other decision makers in the public education system
• Collaborate with students and allies at Britannia to host a panel discussion on the oppression of Queer communities within schools

These are just some of our suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to provide new ideas or feedback. You can reach us at aoecollective@gmail.com

We know that you have been through a lot; the last two years have been difficult and these incidents have negatively impacted you. However, they do not define who you are and what you can build from this. We are excited to see how you will continue to grow, heal and build a future that is free of discrimination and oppression.

With love and solidarity,
Anti-Oppression Educators Collective

AOEC in BCTF Teacher Magazine


From left to right: Jelana Bighorn, Preet Lidder, Shanee Prasad, Karine Ng.

The Anti-Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC) was recently featured in the BCTF Teacher Magazine.  “As an organization, we’re looking at ways to develop tools and process so we can move beyond dialogue and discussion to real accountability,” said Shanee Prasad, AOEC President, in discussing AOEC's work. 

Read the full article online here to learn a bit more about what we do as a PSA.

Also, please check-out our website here. It's full of resources and ideas of how to do anti-oppression work in your school and community. 
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