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  • Racial Equity and Educational Justice

    Selected Extracts from Racial Equity Environment Assessment (pages 12 – 14) Summary of Findings from Listening Circles · Staff are student-focused and committed to equity and justice · Staff wantRead more

  • Purchasing pensionable service for unpaid leaves

    If members take an unpaid leave, they have the option of buying service for the period of their absence. Leaves taken under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), including the new COVID-19 related leave, are shared-costRead more

  • Call out for 2022 BCTF AGM Delegates

    Do you want to attend the BCTF AGM from Saturday, March 19 – Tuesday, March 22, 2022? It’s expected that the AGM will be a hybrid event but final details haveRead more

  • Training for NEW Health & Safety Committee Members

    WorkSafeBC requires that all NEW committee members receive a full day of training within 6 months of joining a committee. If you have not been trained or if you are already on a H&S Committee orRead more

  • Mask enforcement

    In circumstances where it appears administration is not appropriately enforcing the Public Health Officer’s Order, including the use of exemption criteria, we recommend the following steps be taken:  Ensure theRead more

  • Being Anti-Racist

    If you’re interested in combating racism within schools in Surrey, there are three options.  To become an Anti-Racism Lead at your school for the 2021-2022 school year, let your admin teamRead more

  • The Asterisk Items in the Collective Agreement

    I am an asterisk educator. I looked on in envy as my colleagues shared their excitement about their experiences on the province-wide professional development day last week. There are noRead more

  • Supporting Female Students and Female Teachers in Afghanistan

    Afghanistan is now under the control of Taliban military forces resulting in female teachers and female workers being forced to stay home and not to work.  Afghans are asking forRead more

Land Acknowledgement

Surrey teachers work on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt and Semiahmoo First Nations. As part of meaningful reconciliation work, we reflect on the impacts of colonialism through self-education in order to be accountable to Indigenous people and pay attention to our students of Indigenous ancestry, providing them the tools for their success in the future. We are all on a path to learn more and understand the role of each of us as educators in healing the broken relationship with the First Peoples of these shared territories. We thank those who live on and care for the land.

The Advocate


The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.