Monthly Archives: March 2015

Winter/Spring 2015 Social Justice Newsletter

The Winter/Spring 2015 SJ newsletter is now online and can be found here:  Printed copies will be brought to the AGM to distribute to locals.

International Women’s Day March 8

Celebrate International Women’s day on March 8th

Here are some resources, links and a petition from BCTF Social Justice Chair

Sandra Gunson
Sd85 Social Justice Chair

Begin forwarded message:

From: Susan Ruzic <>
Date: March 3, 2015 at 4:11:17 PM PST
To: “BCTF Social Justice Contacts” <>
Subject: International Women’s Day March 8

make it happen

International Women’s Day 2015 Theme: MAKE IT HAPPEN

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Here is a link to global hub for sharing resources:

Please visit the BCTF Status of Women page for resources and information:

The BCTF is a coalition partner of the Up for Debate national campaign to bring awareness of  issues important to women and put them on politician’s radars as the Federal election approaches. No matter who you vote for or what party you support, gender inequality impacts us all. It’s in every Canadian’s interest to know where the Federal leaders stand on all kind of issues from discrimination to violence, leadership, employment, sexual harassment, or child care.

That’s why we’ve launched a petition calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieu to participate in a nationally broadcast leader’s debate on issues affecting women and girls. Please sign, and spread the word so that all parties will speak to Canadians about women’s rights. Never underestimate the power of one.  If many of us sign this petition it will send a strong message to our politicians that women’s issues must be on the agenda.



A great video to show your secondary students is called Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. This film addresses the issues mentioned above and how in 2015, women have still been left off of the agenda. It is available through the BCTF library.


Susan Ruzic


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