An open letter to Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris
I am a student of UNBC, and a supporter of “UNBC Students for FA.” With regards to the UNBCFA strike, my fellow students and I have banded together and decided on three goals to work towards
- uphold the great reputation that UNBC has cultivated as the second best small University in Canada
- fight back against the manner in which professors are being treated through the university’s priorities
- ensure that the Government of British Columbia is aware of just how UNBC students see Education deprioritized in our province.
Mr. Morris, I would like to inform you that throughout my education, this is the second time that my education has been challenged. My education was first put at risk in my first year of high school during the BCTF’s job-action in 2004. It is depressing to see the same issues of classroom composition, funding, and wages that made my first year of high school difficult remain today a source of grievance among teachers in B.C., who once again had to fight their own government for the best interest of British Columbia’s young students.
Students of UNBC view the current strike at UNBC as another example of the province’s disregard to prioritize education in British Columbia, as well as its utter failure to properly fund education in the north. We ask the government of British Columbia, not as university students but as young northern voters who have an interest in maintaining one of the economic driving forces of our community, to end its commitment to withholding adequate funding for education, both public and post-secondary.
In conclusion to this open letter, I would like to add that any citizens of Prince George who are interested in further demonstrations in support of the UNBC Faculty Association can find more information at “UNBC Students for FA” on Facebook.