\` 2018 BCSSTA Conference - October 19, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Solidarity 1983 - Then and Now

The actual workshop will use historical audio-visual footage that traces the development of the largest political protest movement in the history of BC. It will also provide an analysis of the Restraint Budget and 26 pieces of legislation tabled by government and intended to destroy rights and programs achieved in the post war period to provide a social safety net for BC citizens. The workshop presenters, both prominent activists in the Solidairity movement hope to engender significant discussion from participants about lessons learned and their relevance to today's political, economic and social world. A key objective of the workshop is to get participants to understand how both the government actions and the opposition it engendered in the form of Solidarity have shaped the political, economic and social fabric of this province for an entire generation. Solidarity lesson plans to go with the Solidarity vignette from the Working People video series will be shared. Ideas for student inquiry into both the power of the state and the impact of extra-parliamentary opposition will be examined. Besides the Solidarity lesson ideas, participants will be provided with access to numerous audio visual resources available throught the Labour Heritage Website and will be given materials prepared by the Centre for its commemoration of the 35th anniversary of Solidarity.

Target Audience

Teachers of Social Studies 11 (Explorations) and Social Justice 12


1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room 418

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  • Ken Novakowski

    Langley Social Studies teacher 1971 -1994 - With Leaves of Absence for union work

    President BC Social Studies Teachers' Association - 1980-82

    President of the BC Teachers' Federation - 1989-92

    Executive Director of the BCTF - 2000-09

    Chair, BC Labour Heritage Centre - 2013- present


  • Marcia Toms

    Marci taught Social Studies in the Vancouver School District for 35 years