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    Feature
    Back in Time is Not an Option

    Erika Shaker describes a conversation she had with Grade 7 students about the critical importance of the 2015 health curriculum, its impact on the students’ daily lives and what it means to go back in time to 1998.

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    Feature
    Taking Up the Question of Violence

    Psychologist Darcy Santor and sociologist Chris Bruckert talk about the systemic nature of violence and the need for intersectional research on the experiences of elementary educators in Ontario.

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    Feature
    Plenty Love

    Emily Chan reflects on the work she has done and the community members she has connected with to teach her students about Black history.

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ETFO Rally from 2001

This article is part of a series reflecting on the history of ETFO on our 20th anniversary. Look for the follow up article in the winter issue of Voice!

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Students and teachers in front of class. Photo by Christine Cousins

Sharla Serasanke Falodi considers the impact of claiming space and the importance of ensuring there is representation from diverse groups of people in all aspects of the education system, but particularly in leadership.

Article
By Sam Hammond

This year we celebrate an important milestone, ETFO’s 20th anniversary. In 1998, when the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO) and the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF) joined to form ETFO, we faced a devastating attack on public education and the teaching profession by the government.

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By Sharon O’Halloran

ETFO’s 20th anniversary is an opportunity to look back on our remarkable legacy as an organization. Since our formation in 1998, we have worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our members and our students and made important gains for our members through collective bargaining.

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By Izida Zorde

With this issue of Voice, we consider the importance of collective action as we move forward under the new Conservative government and some of the pressing issues facing us in our classrooms.

Spotlight

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By ETFO Voice

Voice has been awarded the Canadian Association of Labour Media’s 2018 Katie FitzRandolph Award for best regular print publication.

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By Mandi Hardy

The point of talking about privilege is not to make people feel bad, or guilty; it is that recognizing privilege is the only hope we have of breaking down the system to make it fairer for everyone.

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By Rachel Mishenene

On June 1, 2008, just days before the Prime Minister’s public apology to residential school survivors and their families and communities, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established.