The Critical Education Project is a network of North Coast and Skeena educators sharing resources for supporting all students and communities, especially in terms of working with students and supporting families to help develop students’ skills and knowledge in literacy, numeracy, leadership, community-building, and land-based education.

Programs

Purpose

The project exists to advance education as a practice of respect.

Education as a practice of respect requires listening and responding to students and families, working together as educators and school communities, overcoming barriers and divisions between people and communities, supporting connections to the land itself, celebrating the culture and language of the territory where a school is located, providing culturally relevant education for all students (across all barriers), and sustaining community-centred schools – with a shared commitment to inclusion, fairness, and democratic oversight, transparency, and accountability.

By working together, network participants are committed to helping end colonialism, racism, ableism, sexism, poverty, and all other forms of marginalization – by advancing reconciliation, social justice, and inclusive education for all students and all communities.

The network helps us develop ourselves, by working together, as school-based leaders – at all levels of our respective organizations.

By working across barriers, and building connections between people and communities, we can achieve high expectations (with enough support to back them up) for all students, adequate and fair resources for all schools, students, families, and communities, and professional working conditions for all educators.

People and Place

This network connects educators in the North Coast and Skeena region of Northwest BC. All school-based leaders are welcome.

Leaders lead from all levels of any organization. School-based leaders include classroom and specialist teachers and other educators – those whose work reaches students and families directly. Everyone has a role to play, including administrators, teachers, assistants, family support staff, custodians, and office staff. This network connects educators – people in schools whose leadership affects students directly – to help us develop our own leadership skills and to help us support schools that work for all students, all families, and all communities.

All North Coast and Skeena educators in public, independent, First Nations, and Band schools are invited to participate in the network. This includes educators in school districts 50 (Haida Gwaii), 52 (Prince Rupert), 54 (Bulkley Valley), 82 (Coast Mountain), 87 (Stikine), 92 (Nisga’a), and 93 (Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique) and all other North Coast and Skeena educators in the territories of the Gitxsan, Haida, Haisla, Nisga’a, Tagish, Tahltan, Ts’msyen, and Wet’suwet’en Nations.

Educators include all school-based education leaders: Classroom teachers, learning resource and other specialist teachers, teacher counsellors, teacher librarians, education assistants, teachers teaching on call, child care workers, First Nation resource workers, speech and language pathologists and other specialists, principals, vice principals, and others. If you work in a school and support student learning or provide education to students directly, then you are an educator.

Tom Kertes, a middle school teacher in Prince Rupert, is the volunteer organizer of the Critical Education Project. The project’s work is done in the territories of the Gitxsan, Haida, Haisla, Nisga’a, Tagish, Tahltan, Ts’msyen, and Wet’suwet’en Nations.