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AOEC supports educators with critical professional development provided through events such as the annual October provincial PSA day conference, webinars, book clubs and digital publications.

Upcoming  Events

< PSA Day Conference Oct 2024 >

The Anti-Oppression Classroom Toolkit: From Theory to Practice

​Teachers across the province face many challenges in providing an inclusive education for all students. Anti-oppression tools for the classroom that build a progressive lens for learners are needed for teachers who are overwhelmed and unsupported when approaching these topics.


Join the Anti-Oppression Educators Collective PSA as we turn theory into practice. This year’s full day conference will help teachers build a reliable, practical toolkit for making the classroom a place of equity, inclusion and radical learning. Get ready to develop your anti-oppression classroom toolkit with lesson plans, assessment practices, and resources for K-12.


When > Oct 25th, 2024, Doors @ 8:00 am 

Where >  Byrne Creek Community School, Burnaby  

to be announced soon...

Past Events


< PSA Spring Conference April 2024 >

Digging Deeper

Are you reading for AOEC’s Comeback Tour 2024?!


After our inaugural 2019 conference “Unlearning the Colonial”, we’re digging deeper into the learning, unlearning, and reckoning with interlocking systems of oppression in education and our society. To honour five years as Anti-Oppression Educators Collective, we have planned a special spring conference with award-winning Gitxsan journalist and author Angela Sterritt, a powerful lineup of all-day workshops, a mouth-watering catered lunch by Watari, and a spectacular performance by Byrne Creek Secondary student dancers! Don't miss out! Register now!


When > April 27, 2024, Doors @ 8:30 am 

Where >  Byrne Creek Secondary 






AOEC x Story Money Impact present:
Love in the Time of Fentanyl 

Story Money Impact and AOEC is presenting a free screening of the film Love in the Time of Fentanyl

Food and refreshment provided. Come watch this insightful moving film about the Downtown Eastside and receive powerful tools to talk to your students about the opioid crisis in Canada. After the screening will be a discussion with Sarah Blyth, founder of Overdose Prevention Society.


When > February 22, 2024 at 6:00pm (doors open 5:00)


Where >  Burnaby Central Secondary at 6011 Deer Lake Pkwy! See map below. 

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A middle-aged man overdoses on a sidewalk steps from the front door of the Overdose Prevention Society. OPS responds with naloxone and oxygen to save his life.  As illicit fentanyl showed up in the drug supply in 2013, deaths skyrocketed, and became ever-present by April of 2016, when the BC provincial health officer declared a state of emergency. Felt most widely in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which has long been where injection drug use is most concentrated, community efforts are mobilized, innovative and adaptive. Love in the Time of Fentanyl is an intimate portrait of a community fighting to save each other’s lives in a public health crisis. Sarah Blyth says she started OPS because “No one could justify having a person overdose in front of them and do nothing about it.” Could you?

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< AOEC Book Club  2023/24 >

This moment in time is urging us as educators and community members to come together and unpack the ongoing history of war and colonialism in Palestine. To #readlearnreckon in community ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿

Pick up a copy of Rashid Khalidi’s “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine; A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistence” and join us for some rich conversations.


Dates and chapters:

Dec 14th @7pm PST: Chap Intro + 1 + 2
Jan 11th @7pm PST: Chap 3 + 4
Feb 29th @7pm PST: Chap 5 + 6 + Conclusion

As our capacity is limited for this book club edition, please find the registration link in our upcoming newsletter or email us at

🍉 DEADLINE to register: Dec 1st at 11:30 pm 

Our book club will be hosted on Zoom. The Zoom-link will be sent to participants a few days before each session.

Looking forward to seeing you online.


In solidarity,

AOEC Executive Committee

These are some fav local bookstores for you to go grab a copy; Massy Books, Iron Dog Books, People Coop Bookstore, Wildfire Books, 


About the author: akwaeke  emezi


< AOEC Book Club  2023 >

Our AOEC Book Club is returning this February and we are so excited to connect with our community and #readlearnreckon. For this book club we are going to escape into the fantastical YA novel “Pet” written by Nigerian, non-binary author akwaeke emezi.


Book club participants will gather for an hour on a Thursday over three sessions. We will kick off our first session on Thursday, February 9th on Zoom, and then again Feb 23rd, and March 9th. Please see the image on the left for Chapters and pages. 


Book Summary: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, is a young adult fantasy/science fiction novel. "There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?" 


Cover illustration by @shyamagolden , author portrait by @tvadv , slides by @cedarfires

Please follow the link to register.  Zoom links and details will be sent to you by email a few days before the event. 

We look forward to the rich discussions! 


In solidarity,

AOEC Executive Committee

These are some fav local bookstores for you to go grab a copy; @massybooks @pfbvan @peoplescoopbooks 

< AOEC Annual General Meeting 2022 >


Chair: Preet Lidder

1. Welcome
2. Land Acknowledgement 
3. Presidents Report 

  • a) That AOEC add two additional seats for Member-At-Large to the Executive Committee. (Moved Prasad/Ferreira)

  • b) That AOEC add a seat for Member-at Large-Sanctuary School Chair-To the Executive Committee. (Moved Prasad/Ferreira)

4. Treasurer's Report
5. Adoption of 2022/23 Budget

  • a) That AOEC adopt the proposed budget for the 2022/23 year.  (Moved Ng/Prasad)

6. Nominations and EC elections
7. Door prizes
8. Adjournment

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< PSA Day Conference 2022 >

From Outdated to Liberated

The Anti-Oppression Educators Collective presents the 2022 PSA Conference "Talk Back: From Outdated to Liberated". Rooted in anti-oppressive and abolitionist principles, this conference promises a day of deep learning that will provide educators and activists with the necessary skills, resources, and community to disrupt systems of oppression and carcerality in their daily lives. Beginning with a powerful youth panel, participants will have the opportunity to listen to the voices of those most adversely affected by oppressive education policies and practices. With a wide variety of workshop options, participants will be sure to find a session that promotes personal and professional growth, and inspires collective action to challenge the inequities we face in our classrooms and broader community.


  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be available on site

  • Mask-wearing is encouraged

  • Ample space is provided for distancing in workshop sessions

  • Facility has mechanical ventilation 


Byrne Creek Community School

7777 18th St, Burnaby, BC 

Located near Edmonds Skytrain Station

Ample parking




< AOEC Book Club  2022 >

AOEC is looking forward to our 2022 Book Club!. Over three months, we are going to take a deep dive into Mariame Kaba’s revolutionary bestseller “ We Do This ‘Till We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice” 


As educators in a system tied up in oppression and power, we owe it to our students, our communities, and ourselves to take accountability and continue to engage with these important ideas and abolitionist frameworks. 


Author Bio: “Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration”. 


In this collection of essays, Kaba raises issues around the prison industrial complex, policing, surveillance, and systemic oppression and offers a more community-centered approach rooted in transformative and restorative justice.  


We will be hosting our monthly meetings on zoom, please follow the link in our bio to register and details will be sent to you by email.

We look forward to the rich discussions! 


In solidarity,

AOEC Executive Committee