The Black Teachers Association of Alberta affirms the inherent worth, dignity and educability of African Canadian people. The Association challenges forces that obstruct the achievement, development, and educational opportunities of youth and adults. African Canadian students throughout Alberta encounter challenges that are directly related to their ethnic/cultural status. Based on the socio-economic disparity in which the gap between rich and poor is growing, those who already face structural racism and other forms of discrimination are particularly affected.
African Canadian educators and others directly or indirectly involved in the educational process must develop the necessary structures through which they can meet, share ideas and focus sharply on the unique problems which they and their students encounter. The Black Teachers Association will analyze and apply shared knowledge to the eradication of problems which stand as obstructions to quality education for all students and particularly African Canadian students.
The Black Teachers Association of Alberta is a collective group of Black educators, students, parents and allies committed to uplifting the Black community in education in the province of Alberta. Since its inception in the summer of 2020 following the surge of protests in North America, the BTA has been committed to uplifting the status of All Canadians living on Turtle Island.
We are committed to the representation of African Canadians in schools, in the curriculum, and resources available to teachers in our province. We are committed to the inclusion of African Canadian voices, history, and cultural understandings into all areas of the Education system in Alberta.
We are committed to providing a safe and informative place where African Canadian educators and allies can communicate with each other on a consistent basis. We have established a hub for black educators and allies on multiple digital platforms and the BTA will be the voice of the African Canadian educators in our province.
We are committed to the inclusion of African Canadians (and their culture) as well as racism and anti-racism awareness at all levels of the education system in Alberta. Our committee of African Canadian teachers and allies will be encouraged and supported. This association will be an essential resource for African Canadian teachers and allies to finally demonstrate the importance (and necessity) of the voice of African Canadian educators and students in our schools.
We are committed to supporting African Canadian teachers and students in their schools and districts. We are also committed to establishing an African Canadian liaison in schools in the province of Alberta. Our communities will greatly benefit by having a liaison in our schools with a solidified African Canadian role and presence readily accessible for our African Canadian teachers and students.
We are committed to a solidified presence at the Alberta teachers Convention (GETCA). This annual event in our province will now be a meeting place where allies and black teachers (and education students) can meet, network, and receive information related to African Canadian teachers in the field. They will also get to view our inclusion resources, meet with and communicate with African Canadian vendors, and they'll also get a chance to meet our committee/board (in-person).
The community of Edmonton sits down with the Prime Minister of Canada for a very candid conversation about the state of the Black Community in Alberta, Canada.
Our primary means of communication with the community is our instagram page. We use this page to share stories, information, resources and to connect with teacher across Alberta and Canada
Twitter is our other social media platform and we are very active in the twitterverse. Give us a follow and check out the amazing work being done by wonderful teachers in the province of Alberta.
Our website is currently being reviewed for a launch in 2022. Follow our 2 social media platforms for all details related to our website launch!