Recommendations to the 2021 BC Budget Consultations

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 30, 2020 < 1 min read
BC is in the midst of an economic downturn resulting from the COVID–19 global pandemic. Entire sectors of the economy have shut down or minimized operations, and it could be some time before they are running at their pre-February 2020 capacity. In times like these, education is a crucial tool that governments have used to spur economic recovery by training or re-training those who lost their jobs and are seeking new employment.

Statement on Police Brutality at UBC Okanagan

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 24, 2020 1 min read
The BC Federation of Students condemns the violence perpetrated by the RCMP officer against a UBC Okanagan student during a “wellness check” in early 2020. The willful ignorance and use of force against the student, which recently became public, is inexcusable.

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Cody Isaac
Cody Isaac
Jun 19, 2020 1 min read
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous communities in your area, and to participate in their incredibly rich and diverse culture. It is a time for celebration, ceremony, and unity across the country.

Black Lives Matter

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Jun 01, 2020 2 min read
The whole world is watching the most recent events of police brutality, with George Floyd as one of the most recent victims, being murdered by Minnesota Police Officers. As protests have broken out across the United States we have all been a witness to police violence against protestors.

International Students and COVID–19

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
May 24, 2020 2 min read
Students across British Columbia have been hit hard by the COVID–19 pandemic. A swift, chaotic shift to online classes paired with the virtual disappearance of summer employment has left many feeling anxious about their future. Lost or forgotten in the mix of emergency responses from provincial and federal governments are international students.

International Workers’ Day

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
May 01, 2020 2 min read
May 1, 2020, marks the 115th anniversary of May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, an annual event that draws attention to the importance of workers’ needs, struggles, and accomplishments. This May Day is unique as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all workers in our communities.

Letter to Finance Minister regarding BC Access Grant

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 29, 2020 4 min read
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a severe lack of jobs for students, who typically rely on summer employment to save up for the high expenses of next year’s tuition fees and other costs. Even if they can access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, the amount they receive is only enough to sustain them on an immediate timeframe (money for food, rent, and little else).

An Earth Day Unlike Any Other

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 22, 2020 2 min read
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event that draws attention to the ongoing need for great environmental protections on our planet. The current COVID-19 crisis has given us the unique opportunity to see what our world could look like if we step up and combat climate change.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit continues to leave Canadians behind

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 22, 2020 2 min read
The Federal Government has announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), a program that will provide some relief to those students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). While this new program addresses some of the gaps in eligibility for the CERB, it provides markedly less financial support to students.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding Canada Emergency Response Benefit

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 21, 2020 4 min read
The Federal Government has implemented a number of programs to assist individuals and businesses who are struggling due to COVID-19. Among these programs, Employment Insurance (EI) and the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) attempt to assist individuals cope with a loss of income.

BC Government launches free 24/7 mental health service for students

BC Federation of Students
BC Federation of Students
Apr 16, 2020 2 min read
The BC Government has announced an early launch of its mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. The service, called Here2Talk, is a welcome aid for those currently struggling with the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19.