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November 5-7, 2013 Executive Meeting, Toronto
Union Response FundThe Stephen Lewis Foundation will collaborate with Canadian labour organizations in its fight against the AIDS pandemic in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. The Foundation will launch a Union Response Fund in January 2014, that will highlight labour and union matters and provide core funding and crisis assistance to its partner organizations in Africa. The Fund will also be used to address issues, which have a bearing on the region’s response to the pandemic. These include political instability, climate change, fiscal austerity, and workplace health and safety.In a presentation on its new initiative to the Executive, the Foundation said for more than a decade, Canada’s unions at the national and local level have made major contributions to its work against AIDS in the sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation wants to highlight the commitment of Canadian unions and the difference it makes to the grassroots organizations that are turning the tide of the AIDS pandemic in their communities.The Stephen Lewis Foundation has been working extensively in the sub-Saharan region of Africa where more than 24 million people are living with AIDS and HIV.Resources for Marginalized GroupsETFO will advocate for the creation of teacher resources to support the implementation of the new elementary Social Studies curriculum, to ensure that historically marginalized groups are reflected and celebrated in the curriculum expectations.Mandatory implementation of the Ontario Curriculum: Social Studies, Grades 1-6; History and Geography, Grades 7-8 begins in September 2014 and ETFO will lobby the Ministry of Education to create supporting teacher resources to ensure that the curriculum expectations are explored in a manner that permits historically marginalized groups to be represented in the curriculum.Kindergarten TeamsETFO will lobby the Ministry of Education to provide professional learning opportunities for full-day kindergarten teams in order to support team collaboration and greater depth of understanding of their respective role and responsibilities. Opportunities for teams to work together, have support and time, and participate in facilitated learning will benefit the students, teachers, DECEs, parents, and administrators.