Monthly Archives: February 2015

Social Justice. February 14th Annual Social Justice Info. Women’s Memorial March

Information about Social Justice issues.
Memorial walk, upcoming Pro-D, online resources, and a poster about human trafficking.
Deep and important issues in our society!


Sandra (Social Justice Chair)


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From: Susan Ruzic <>
Date: February 2, 2015 at 4:24:16 PM PST
To: “BCTF Social Justice Contacts” <>
Subject: February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March

25th Annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March

Their Spirits Live Within Us

Saturday February 14th, 2015
March starts at noon from Carnegie Centre (Main and Hastings)

Facebook RSVP:
Download full-colour poster here and half-page leaflet here.

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Twenty five years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leave family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Indigenous women disproportionately continue to go missing or are murdered with minimal to no action to address these tragedies, or the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism, or colonialism.

On Saturday February 14th, 2015, we will gather at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (at Hastings Street), Vancouver where family members speak in remembrance. Given space constraints, we ask the broader public to join us at noon, when the march takes to the streets and proceeds through the Downtown Eastside, with stops to commemorate where women were last seen or found, speeches by community activists at the court house, a healing circle at Oppenheimer Park around 2:30 p.m., and finally a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall.

We continue to call for a national and international public inquiry that is led by family and community members and that centers on our experiences, need for healing, and quest for answers, concrete action, and meaningful justice.

This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women—especially Indigenous women—face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice.


There are many ways to support the February 14th Women’s Memorial March:

1) Spread the word and join us (all genders welcome) to the February 14th march. We respectfully ask that you please do not bring banners, flags, or leaflets as the Women’s Memorial March carries five banners only to honour the women.

2) Plan a memorial march in your community. Last year, memorial marches were held in approximately twenty other cities and communities. If you are organizing a memorial march please email us the details at so we can maintain communication, compile the information on our website, and build strength in our co-ordinated efforts.

3) Please donate. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is made possible by organizations and individuals like you. Each year the Memorial March committee must raise funds to pay for such things as hall rental, sound system, food, red and yellow roses, memorial brochures, blankets, posters, candles, tobacco, and other expenses. Please make cheques payable to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and include February 14th Women’s Memorial March on the memo line. Mail cheques to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC V6A 4J1. All donations over $10 will be gratefully acknowledged with a tax deductible receipt. Our donation letter is here:

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has an extensive resource guide for educators that can be found at There are chapters about introducing the topic into your classroom and classroom resources.

Also, attached is information on a Pro-D opportunity in Surrey on February 20, 2015, to learn more about human trafficking.

Womens' Memorial 1


Susan Ruzic
Assistant Director of Social Justice
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2

Human Trafficking – Stolen lives poster 2015

Pink Shirt Day/Day of Pink

From: Susan Ruzic <>
Date: February 6, 2015 at 4:48:30 PM PST
To: “BCTF Social Justice Contacts” <>
Subject: Pink Shirt Day/Day of Pink


Pink Shirt Day is February 25.

International Day of Pink is April 8.

Celebrate one or celebrate both

Pink Shirt Day - Celebrate Diversity

Pink Shirt Day – Celebrate Diversity

Posters were mailed out to schools this week so please check with your staff rep, or download your own here:

Day of Pink poster–Elementary
Day of Pink poster–Secondary

You will notice that the poster has a new look this year. Check out the back which has either elementary or secondary teaching ideas.

Our Day of Pink site has resources that can be found here:



Susan Ruzic
Assistant Director of Social Justice
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2

Black History Month is here!

From: Susan Ruzic <>
Date: January 29, 2015 at 11:10:26 AM PST
To: “BCTF Social Justice Contacts” <>
Subject: Black History Month is almost here!

Hi everyone,

Black History Month is here! Here is the link to our Black History resources.

Lesson plans on antiracism can be found here and all other antiracism resources here.
Public Service Alliance of Canada has a series of 6 posters and bookmarks to download
Listen to Valerie Daure, spokesperson for Black History Month 2015

You may be interested in a blog called “Pioneers: Blogging the black pioneers of British Columbia.”

African stages exist to promote African storytelling and theatre for entertainment, education and community building. They have posted Black History events happening in BC.
The BC Black History Awareness Society celebrates the achievements of Black pioneers in British Columbia and historical achievements Black people in the arts, education, science, etc.

Below are more events happening on the Island.
Please send us events happening in your communities.
Tourism Victoria Black History Month Kick-Off