June 15/15: Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record: The Motion, Not The Member

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Video of meeting on SD61 website.

Full agenda with attachments here.

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Board Meeting June 15, 2015
Chair: Loring-Kuhanga

Territory Acknowledgement900

Student Representative: All student reps for the year attended, unless at Grad (Lambrick) or work.

Process for Student Representative Selection Jan 14 2015

A. Commencement of Meeting (McNally absent until A.5; representing the  Board at Lambrick High school Graduation)

A 1. Approval of Agenda: Adopted as amended below.

a) Watters: Add motion from McNally at G1: That the Board write a letter to the Minister of Education reiterating its support for the following motion, originally brought forward by Loring-Kuhanga, and carried at the BCSTA April AGM: That BCSTA request that the Ministry of Education develop a required high school course regarding residential schools in Canada for all graduates in public schools similar to the 25 hour course that is offered to all graduating students in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

A2. Approval of the Minutes:
a) Board Meeting May 19/15 : Approved. Lined Paper report here.
A 3. Business Arising From Minutes: None
A 4. Student Achievement: Reynolds Secondary Students: Spoken Word Poetry Provincial Champions
A.5 District Presentations:
a) Jeromy Kixmoller, Oak Bay High School : Parliamentary Page

“I’m excited about the upcoming election. I think that some of the debates that will happen in the House will just be extraordinary to listen to and be a part of,” said Kixmoller, who is preparing to graduate from Oak Bay High.“I’m excited to meet all the MPs and hear what they have to say and learn from the clerks and everyone working with the page program,” he said.“I love learning and I think this experience is a great opportunity to do so.”Kixmoller will be studying public affairs and policy management at Carleton University in the fall, with his goal being a career as a diplomat.

b) Representatives Advisory Council of Students : Students who were able to attend had pics taken with their school’s Trustee Liaison. Will be posted on SD761 website under “Board Highlights”. Students spoke to networking opportunities this Council provides, and to their future plans and how being on the council had affected those plans. [Audio and video is no longer turned off for this portion of the meeting.]

A.6 Community Presentations
a) Laurie Bayly, SD61 District Counsellor (Krystal Cook, SD61 Education Assistant  was scheduled to speak on the Truth and Reconciliation Report; Laurie presented  instead):

“Thank you for listening and responding to the letter I wrote in support of Craigflower School. It’s important to note that these discussions are happening in light of the recent Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report. It’s been said a number of times that the report has documented the truth of many people who lived through residential schools and now it’s time for the real work of reconciliation. We have that work to do in our District.

“And especially at Craigflower School – how do we do that? While I recognize that I work within Ministry guidelines, I don’t believe that the answer is to label as many kids as we can with behaviour designations in order to get funding for them [see below why that doesn’t work]. My hope is that we can – all levels – work together to find a new model at Craigflower. I don’t know the answer but I am very grateful for the openness on your part to listen to all of us and to explore the questions.

“One thing we’re focusing on this year at Craigflower is the beautiful work of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement, The Spirit of Alliances. Part of a project with kids includes using stones and each child received 4 stones with the symbol of the Bear, Wolf, Raven and Salmon… I spent a lot of time collecting stones this year. One day at the beach an older woman came over to me and started speaking Mandarin. She pointed to my bag and I opened it and showed her the stones. We were having a conversation, she in Mandarin and me in English, when her daughter came over and said, “my mother wants to know what you are doing.” I said I was collecting stones for children at school and I did a gesture as if to pat a child on the head. We smiled and parted ways and I carried on. A while later, I saw the older woman heading toward me. She came up to me and took my hand and offered me a handful of stones. She made the same gesture, as if to pat a child on the head.

“I share this story because her act of offering stones speaks to me of something that is so essential as we ALL work together to support the kids at Craigflower. I work at four schools and Craigflower is by far the one that’s most in need of support, even though on paper it might look like support is in abundance. Sometimes on the ground it can feel as if no-one outside really understands the needs there. What this woman and her stones reminded me of is that we might not need to fully understand each other in order to fully respond. She had no idea what the stones were for and in another language, she offered them to me.

“Then I took the stones to Craigflower and used them together with Aboriginal friends and colleagues who have loved ones who have lived through residential schools. I can’t fully understand that experience, that history. And in the work we all do together with children, many whose lives are affected by trauma… we may never fully understand. But we can keep showing up and doing the best we can to really listen, to deepen our understanding and to support kids in a way that has the BEST chance of making a difference.

“We all know the importance of early intervention. Whether we’re working directly with kids, or we’re administration, or we’re implementing policy or talking with the Ministry of Education… our district’s goal of increasing the success of Aboriginal students is all of ours.

“I believe the goal of reconciliation is all of ours as well.

Again, thank you. It feels as if you have offered stones of listening and caring and being willing to walk with us as we all deepen our understanding of how to best respond to the needs at Craigflower.”

Here is the protocol [based on Ministry of Education criteria and accepted in all BC public schools] from SD85 for Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness in the School District # 85 Vancouver Island North Special Services Handbook Revised 2012 : Designation of Students who have Intensive Behaviour Support or Serious Mental Illness. Students identified in this category are those most in need of intensive interventions. They are expected to be less than one percent (1%) of the student population province-wide. These students should have access to coordinated school/community interventions, which are based on inter-service / agency assessment processes that are required to manage, educate, and maintain the students in school and in their community.

Students Requiring Intensive Behaviour Interventions are eligible to be reported in this special education funding category if they exhibit:
• antisocial, extremely disruptive behaviour in most environments (for example, classroom, school, family, and the community);
• and· behaviours that are consistent/persistent over time.

In addition to meeting one of the conditions above, to be eligible for special education funding, these behaviour disorders and or illnesses must be:
• serious enough to be known to school and school district personnel and other community agencies and to warrant intensive interventions by other community agencies/service providers beyond the school [if there is no “outside agency involved, the school will not get funding for a support person. Some parents choose not to get “outside help” ie a psychiatrist or counselling] ; and
• a serious risk to the student or others, and/or with behaviours or conditions that significantly interfere with the student’s academic progress and that of other students; and
• beyond the normal capacity of the school to educate, provided “normal capacity” is seen to include the typical special education support / interventions such as school-based counselling, moderate behaviour supports, the use of alternate settings, and other means in the school environment. [School personnel / teachers have to go far beyond the “extra mile” to show that the school cannot educate the student without additional support.] Reduction in class size or placement in an alternate program or learning environment is not by itself a sufficient service to meet the criteria.

“Beyond the normal capacity of the school to educate, provided “normal capacity” is seen to include the typical special education support / interventions such as school-based counselling, moderate behaviour supports, the use of alternate settings, and other means in the school environment.”

And possibly no funding for support.

b) Audrey Smith, President DPAC:

  • DPAC is a full partner is education and is the  parent voice.  DPAC can advise the board on the education of or children. Hearing nuanced jabs at VCPAC. Stop saying we haven’t got quorum at meetings. Last 10 meetings had quorum. [But only 6 records of  meeting minutes, apparently. Quorum requirements on p 4 this post.] Were contentious times 2 years ago so lowered requirement for quorum. Stop being dismissive and going though principals. Stop saying we don’t represent parents. VCPAC is increasing contact with PACs all the time.We are here for student success, and to move the system forward for that, whatever it looks like.
  • [A DPAC is a parent voice, not the only parent voice allowed to speak; many parents have presented to the Board to say just that. Relevant School Act excerpts on p 4 this post]

B. Trustee Reports
B1. Chair’s Report

  • Spoke at Esquimalt High School graduation. Met with many students before that, and asked them 5 questions. What students had to say: Increase attention to  mental health needs of students. Adults need to understand when to lead and when to step back. Want increasing gender inclusivity. More support for teachers. Spoke at Aboriginal student grad at Songhees Wellness Centre. 84 grads. Trustees McNally, Nohr, Paynter and Waters attended as well. 1100 online responses to Strategic Plan development questions. Should have a draft plan by this fall. Superintendent executive search: have shortlisted. Announcement end of June. Associate Superintendent to replace Cam Pinkerton retiring June 30 – announcement end of June. Met with Rob Fleming. Will speak at Canadian School Boards Association June 30, on motion passed by BCSTA.
  • Presentation to Superintendent from entire  Board.

B.2 Trustee Reports

  • Orcherton: Healthy Saanich Committee (appointed position; written report in full agenda packup). Presentation by Katharina Gustavs [has presented multiple times to the Board on EMF levels in schools] on cell tower siting.
  • McNally: Attended on behalf of the Board: June 4: Pole raising at Quadra School. Met Chief Tony Hunt Sr and Tony Hunt JR. June 5:  Pole unveiling at Quadra. Pleased to give speech on behalf of the Board and to see increasing recognition of Aboriginal Nations presence on Lekwungen Territory. June 6: Quadra Community Day organized by Quadra PAC. Pleased to bring greetings from the Board.  Education Critic Rob Fleming also spoke. June 12: Opening of CRD Trail behind Shoreline School. Pleased to represent Board and help clean up.  4 cakes donated by Thrifty’s.  Tour of new Craigflower pump station. Looking forward to kayak portage over new trail, historic use by the Lekwungen People and early settlers, now open again. June 15: Lambrick High School graduation.

Good Evening Lambrick High School Students, Parents and Guardians, Staff, and friends!  I’m Diane McNally, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees SD61, and bring greetings and congratulations on behalf of he Board of Education, SD61.   Thank you for inviting me to be part of this celebration. I’m so pleased to be here with the graduating class of Lambrick High School,  a school well known for compassion, social justice and excellence. Here tonight, I see talented focused determined students, supported by dedicated educators, supportive parents, mentors, and friends. Congratulations to all of you in this wonderful education community! Special congratulations to the graduating students.
Each of you graduating here tonight is a successful person,  demonstrated by the fact that you’re here and that you have come this far. It’s possible that the road to here has been uphill for some of you, for some of the way. Maybe all of the way. Special congratulations to those who persevered through challenge. Each one of you is making a lasting memory of community, and building belief in your own strength. You have seen the resulting achievement and know your attitude will support you as you all experience the rewards and the challenges that will come as your plans for your life unfold.
At the Lambrick GSA conference, Love Is Love, held at the school on April 27, your principal, Mr Luchies, said that the conference was in part intended to help move us forward as a species. As a species, we have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to answer for. Each of us can build and live a model of what we would hope for all life and the world,  beginning with our intentions, our dreams, our words, our actions. When we truly commit, our dreams and hopes and intentions can begin to manifest in reality. You will have an impact on your world – you do now – and the truth is we have no choice but to have an effect on the world. We do have a choice, though as to the kind of effect we want to have. Each one of you graduates is now taking some significant next steps on the path of your life into the new post-high school reality. This is an exciting time that highlights the importance of the choices before you.  You’ve made positive choices – your graduation tonight and your accomplishments to this point prove that. As we move into the part of this evening that is absolutely the best –each one of you crossing the stage and being recognized for your accomplishment – let me leave you with the words of a great person – you’ve seen this person’s likeness in a small mural in your school – Albert Einstein. He said  “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Take care of today, look to the future, and keep asking questions.  Again, congratulations from the Board of Education to all of the Lambrick grads !

  • McNally: May 26: Oak Bay band Concert – last band concert in old theatre. Bittersweet for all; outstanding concert. Special mention to two sax and drums trio. June 3: Shoreline Band Concert at Songhees Wellness Centre. Aboriginal Students graduation.  June10:  Vic West PAC visit. June 11: District Retirement Tea along with Nohr, Loring-Kuhanga, Senior Administration. June 13: Fundraiser for Sno’uyutth pole at Oak Bay High School, in Oaks Restaurant. Vic High R&B band astonishing talent. Thanks to students and teacher Eric Emde who put in uncounted hours to achieve that level of excellence!
  • Ferris: Attended 2 concerts at Lansdowne; excellence in music education. June 3, 4 attended Inquiry in Action teacher pro-d presentations at SJ Willis [funded by Enhancing Learning grants from SD61].
  • Nohr: Attended Aboriginal graduation.Inspiring. Good to see our Chair speak as SD61’s 2nd ever Board Chair of Aboriginal heritage. Spoke at Oak Bay High School graduation and SJ Willis Alternative Education grad. School tour Margaret Jenkins and Willows. See all staff from Craigflower School present  tonight. Counsellor Laurie Bayly’s letter to Trustees was so timely, in context of final Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Hopefully the new District strategic plan will assist with raising success of Aboriginal students.

C. Board Committee Reports
C.1 Ed Policy
a) Minutes from June 1/15: Information only (will be ratified at next Standing Committee meetings). Lined Paper report here.
b) Recommended Motions (Motions that carried in  Standing Committee): One revision to draft Policy bolded (pp 26-28 full packup).

i. That the Board of Education adopt Policy 5141.22 Concussion Awareness./ Carried. Unanimous.

C.2 Operations Policy and Planning Committee

a) Minutes from June 8 /15 OPPS: information only (attached to full packup): Lined Paper report here report here.
b) Recommended motions (previously debated and carried in Committee vote)

i) That the Board create an Ad Hoc Committee to review Policy 1325, Partnership, and the attachment. / Carried. Unanimous.

  • Leonard: Partnership Policy created 1999. Was large binder of related information which can’t be found.

ii) That the Board approve naming the new theatre at Oak Bay High School “The Dave Dunnet Theatre”. / Referred to September OPPS for more information and dicussin.

  • Leonard: Motion to refer [should be “postpone to definite time” ] to OPPS September for further information to come forward before debate at the Board. / Carried. Unanimous.

iii) That the Board approve naming the court at the new large competition gymnasium at Oak Bay High School “The Gary Taylor Court”. / Carried. Unanimous.

iv) That the Board agree to the Technology Stewardship Ad Hoc Committee Terms of Reference. / Carried. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

  • Ferris: Concerned that  4 parents on this; heavily weighted one direction.Concerned that reps selected from elementary, middle and high schools- selecting from individual schools sort of pre-selecting. VCPAC should fulfil this role.Might be a push to VCPAC.  Motion to amend [Robet’s: make the motion, then speak to it]: Strike 3 PAC reps, replace with VCPAC. / Defeated after debate below.
  • Orcherton: [On amendment]: Appears to be an agenda to undermine VCPAC’s authority. This is an ongoing thing.
  • Watters: Speak to the motion!
  • Orcherton: Being bullied here! Who is running this meeting? Chair?
  • McNally: Speak to the motion not supposed motives! Bullied by this trustee’s disregard for proper debate and innuendo for 3 years during previous term and tired of it.
  • Loring-Kuhanga: Confine remarks to the motion.
  • Whiteaker:  Standing Committee felt it is important to have reps from elementary, middle and high school levels to report how technology is affecting kids at school and at home. Experiences at various levels are very different. Representation  will be fairly sought. Struggle a bit with the lottery aspect.
  • Leonard: Controversy in discussion was with the lottery. Lottery not VCPAC reps woudl mean no obligation to report back to parents.
  • McNally: Parents who  step up to put their names in this lottery will be responsible people who will of course see their responsibility as reporting back to SD61 parents.
  • Smith: See what the School Act says about parents. [Relevant sections p 4 this post. ] PACs are for individual schools. DPAC is for the District.
  • Paynter: Important to have different perspectives. Want to engage as broadly as possible – engage PACs that are possibly not members of VCPAC.
  • Nohr: Broaden base of consultation with parents at Board and committee levels.SD61 Policy says any parent can present to the Board.
  • Leonard: Motion to amend: 3 VCPAC reps to be selected, 1 elementary, 1 middle school, 1 high school. / Defeated after debate below. For: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton, Whiteaker Against: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters / A school PAC member would only go back and report to their school and not to others. Schools that are not members of VCPAC just need to show up and attend meetings.
  • McNally: VCPAC maintains a list that could help with getting the information out from the reps to PACs.
  • Paynter: Schools would get together and minutes could be reported on the SD61 website. The original motion is a positive thing.
  • Watters: Exciting to try something different with engagement. Seem to be caught up in notion of engagement as being a very controlled thing . Original motion process could stir up more engagement and perspectives.
  • Smith: Object. This is adversarial and encroaches on VCPAC autonomy and how we report to the Board. VCPAC is seeking advice from the provincial level [BCCPAC, which is not mentioned in the School Act].
  • Leonard: Stakeholder groups  are at the table for a reason.
  • Chair: Back to main motion for vote.

v) That the Board create terms of reference for the Parent Education Fund Ad Hoc Committee. / Carried. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

  • Orcherton: Reviewed the presentation – heard that this is a one year pilot project. Motion to amend: That this is a 1 year pilot project Ad Hoc Committee, to be reviewed in 1 year. / Withdrawn, after debate below.
  • Whiteaker: This motion is just to create the terms of reference for the committee. It won’t go on for a year and isn’t meant to.
  • Waters: It was a lengthy presentation and concerns were expressed about the funding model. There was agreement to review in a year. “Pilot project ” is irrelevant in regard to amn Ad Hoc Committee, and this motion which will take about a month. Next year, bring a motion to review the fund . That is the only way to accomplish the review.
  • Leonard: Notice of motion: Review the fund in March of next year.
  • Orcherton: Withdraw amendment.

vi) That the Board agree to the Parent Education Fund Ad Hoc Committee Terms of Reference [attached, p 43]. / Carried, as amended. For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

  • Whiteaker: Motion to amend: Change “Will be comprised of” to “may be comprised of”. / Carried. For: McNally, Nihr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton (TOR on p43 agenda packup). VCPAC does not want to use volunteer time for this TOR. Want to move this along so PACs can apply.

Letter to Board


  •  Leonard: Different committee have different stakeholders. This would be changing practice.
  • McNally: “May” leaves lots of room and choice of whether to attend or not. Is a change in practice: we are creating Terms of Reference for an Ad Hoc Committee as required in Bylaw, for first time in institutional memory of SD61.
  • Loring-Kuhanga: Against amendment.
  • Whiteaker: Disappointed in the letter from VCPAC. Hoping VCPAC will join and collaborate rather than worrying so much about autonomy.

vii) That the Board approve that all Trustees appointed by the Chair to an external body be required to submit a written report to the Board via the Chair in December and June of each school year as part of the Trustee Report agenda item, reports to be included as part of the Board agenda packup, beginning December 2015. / Carried as amended.. For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Leonard. Abstain: Orcherton

  • Watters: Committees that don’t have much going on are a diversion of time and resources.
  • McNally: Hearing requests for less than 2x a year. Motion to amend: 1 x a year. / Carried. For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr,  Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Leonard Paynter  Abstain: Orcherton

viii) That the Board approve that all Trustees appointed to internal committees – the Needs Budget Advisory Committee, District Culture and Community Committee, District Gay Straight Alliance, Aboriginal Nations Education Committee and the French Immersion Advisory Committee be required to submit a written report to the Board via the Chair in December and June of each school year as part of the Trustee Report agenda item, reports to be included as part of the Board agenda packup, beginning December 2015./ Carried. For: Ferris, Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker  Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton

D. District Leadership Team Reports
D.1 Superintendent’s Report

a) Specialty Academy Fees: Recommended Motion [Recommended by Superintendent]: No fee increases for the coming year. The Curling Academy has closed due to lack of enrolment.

That the Board make available to the public via the District website, the schedule of fees that ave bee approved by the School Planning Council for the district’s Specialty Academy Programs. / Carried.  Unanimous.

  • McNally: Need to make clear that in supporting this motion, I am not supporting fees for what should be a free universal public education. But if SD61 approves fees the public needs to know what they are.
By doing an end run around the October 2006 BC Supreme Court decision banning fees, Bill 20 [2007] embeds new fee-levying powers in the School Act. The legislation re-opens the door to school fees in three key areas – sports academies, band programs and trades training/apprenticeship programs. School boards will have enhanced powers to levy fees in ways that can discriminate against students and families of lesser financial means.

b) Enhancing Learning: This year we have school teams working on 87 inquiry questions. There are a record amount of educators enthusiastically involved in the enhancing learning collaborative inquiry teams.(44 Enhancing Learning Grants, 15 Aboriginal Education Grants, 11 Modern Languages Grants and 17 Project Based Learning Grants for a total of 87 inquiry questions ). [P 6, in Superintendent’s Report on Student Achievement.]

c) Achievement Contract: [See pp 50-88 of the agenda.]  Bill 11 has ended the requirement for Achievement Contracts so this is the last one for SD61]

d) 2015 Community Literacy Plan: “Read is On The Road” is a partnership with Songhees First Nation developed by READ in 2013 and implemented in 2014 as a pilot project. The remedial literacy program is targeted specifically for First Nations families using culturally appropriate learning materials. It is delivered by certified BC teachers with a background in FN education. The target group has been grades 1-6 and will be offered in grades 2-3 in 2015-2016.” [p 8 of 10; p96 agenda packup] Bill 11 has ended Community Literacy Plans for School Districts so this is the last one for SD61.

2 Section 1 of the School Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 412, is amended (a) by repealing the definitions of “achievement contract”, “district literacy plan”, “francophone literacy plan” and “school planning council”, [Bill 11 Preamble]

D.2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report:
a) Capital Projects Updates:
Director of Facilities: Verbal update. New Oak Bay High School will be ready for occupancy at the end of June. Occupancy permits will be issued. Demolition of the old school will start on June 29. Much of the furnishings will go to the Compassionate Resource Warehouse. [Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CRWarehouseVictoria?fref=ts ] George Jay seismic upgrade finished July 3. Tillicum seismic upgrade last phase June 26- mid August. Cloverdale seismic upgrade will be started with Farmer Construction in mid July.

b) Oak Bay High Schools Statutory Right Of Way: Recommended motion [from senior administration] :

That the Board approve granting a Statutory Right Of Way to the Corporation of the District of Oak Bay for the purpose of installing and maintaining a bus shelter on the property that fronts Oak Bay High School . [Plan map p 102 agenda packup] / Carried.  Unanimous.

That the Board agree to all 3 readings of this Bylaw at this meeting. / Carried.  Unanimous.

That the Board approve the disposal of real property Bylaw 15-02 to the District of Oak Bay for the purpose of installing and maintaining a bus shelter. / Carried. Unanimous.

E. Question Period  None.

F. Public Disclosure of In Camera Items: None

G. New Business / Notice of Motions
G. 1 New Business:
McNally / Watters:

That the Board write a letter to the Minister of Education reiterating its support fo the following motion, originally brought forward by Loring-Kuhanga, and carried at the BCSTA April AGM: That BCSTA request that the Ministry of Education develop a high school course regarding residential schools in Canada for all graduates n public schools similar to the 25 hour course that is offered to all graduating students in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. / Carried (as amended below). Unanimous.

  • McNally: The Ministry has made an announcement that flies in the face of the BCSTA motion and Loring-Kuhanga’s intent.

Honourable John Rustad. Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation: “There’ll be everything from having an opportunity to learn a little bit about indigenous plants and animals,” said Rustad.”There might be also opportunities around concepts of environmental stewardship … to go along with history of residential schools and other components of our interactions over the years.”

Edith Loring-Kuhanga, SD61 Board Chair: Last week, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wrapped up its work on the worst historical legacy that Canada has: residential schools. Setting the record straight for all Canadians should be incorporated into education curricula. In 2014, I brought a motion forward to the Greater Victoria School Board asking for support for all Grade 12 graduates to take a required course on residential schools. Not only was the motion passed by our board, but it was also passed by the B.C. School Trustees Association in April 2014. The motion was sent to Education Minister Peter Fassbender, as are all carried motions. The Education Ministry has decided to water down the motion by adding aboriginal content, including information on residential schools, into courses at different levels, rather than a stand-alone course. Teachers would determine if they wanted to address residential schools within the courses and how they would address it. Because this is what happens in our schools now, the motion has basically been shelved by the ministry. Justice Murray Sinclair referred to how education was used to destroy First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and culture; therefore, it must be used to reinvigorate our people and culture. Part of this includes knowing the history of Canadian peoples, which includes residential schools. Justice can be achieved in Canada only if education takes the responsibility for rewriting the history by teaching all students who leave Grade 12 the legacy and impact of residential schools.

  • McNally: [Rationale as above]
  • Whiteaker: Motion to amend: Include addressing this to BCSTA. / Carried  [after debate below] For: Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, Paynter, Watters, Whiteaker Against: Ferris, Leonard, Orcherton
  • McNally: Could cc BCSTA.
  • Orcherton: This implies that BCSTA didn’t do something. And the letter would already be cc’d to BCSTA.
  • Whiteaker: This is ongoing advocacy.
  • Nohr: In support of including BCSTA. BCSTA doesn’t do stewardship report on status of motions.

G.2 Notice of Motion:Leonard: Motion to review Parent Education Fund March 2016.
H. Adjournment:10:25  pm


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