August 24, 2021

Canada - Ontario teachers union adopts resolution to combat antisemitism

The Elementary Teachers’
Federation of Ontario (ETFO
)
At its annual general meeting earlier this week, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) resolved to “establish a task force to combat Antisemitism in Ontario,” noting that “Antisemitism reached an all-time high since May 2021,” in line with preliminary figures gathered by B’nai Brith Canada.

The ETFO represents approximately 83,000 public elementary teachers, occasional teachers, education support personnel, professional support personnel and designated early childhood educators.

Tuesday’s resolution received support from Educators Against Antisemitism and B’nai Brith.

“This resolution is an extremely positive development, and we congratulate ETFO members on taking this step,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada. “Tackling antisemitism in Canada is a whole-of-society endeavour, and elementary teachers have a critical role to play.

“B’nai Brith strongly encourages other labour unions in Ontario and across Canada to follow suit.”