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The FSA believes that creating a more equitable world for working people goes well beyond labour relations and what’s decided at the bargaining table. We recognize Equity and Empowerment as two of our four bedrock organizational values and try to reflect these values in all that we do. Below are some of the equity initiatives that the FSA has undertaken or supported.


The FSA is committed to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation, recognizing that this journey requires thoughtfulness, humility, and action. We are devoted to continuing and updating the relevant practices that we have in place, including but not limited to: Territorial Acknowledgment on email signatures, formal documents, and at FSA general meetings; inviting Elders and knowledge keepers to Welcome/Acknowledge and teach at FSA general meetings and other events and workshops; recognizing and commemorating days including September 30 and June 21; participating in Board, staff, and member training; participating with the wider BCIT community in Reconciliation activities including those recommended and led by BCIT Indigenous Initiatives; making Reconciliation-related donations as allowed for in the FSA donation policy; looking to the FSA Equity policy for guidance and keeping that policy updated; supporting the FSA Equity Caucus and related Affinity groups.

Equity-Related Policies and Protocols

The FSA’s Policy 2.4.5, better known as our Equity Policy, sets the macro-level directive of the Union’s equity commitments and work. The policy recognizes that barriers have been erected for racialized, gendered, socio-economically disadvantaged, neurodivergent, colonized, 2SLGBTQ+, and disabled individuals and communities, directing the FSA Board and staff to take apart there barriers in the work of the FSA. Recent changes have included, among other things, codifying existing practices at General Meeting like providing Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement and American Sign Language. See our Bylaws for more.

Equity Caucus

The FSA Equity Caucus guides the implementation of the FSA Equity Policy and helps to realize its goals. The Caucus also helps the FSA enhance participation by members who are part of equity-seeking groups and allows participants to work together to articulate their interests. The Caucus’s terms of reference are here and its mandate can be found in the Members Portal.

Caucus on Part-Time Studies (COPTS)

COPTS guides the direction of FSA initiatives related to our members working in Part-Time Studies, who face uniquely acute labour-relations issues within the bargaining unit. The Caucus also provides guidance to the FSA regarding how best to enhance participation by members in PTS. COPTS allows participants to work together to articulate their interests to the FSA and, through the FSA, to BCIT and other stakeholders who influence Part-Time Studies at BCIT. Visit the Members Portal for more information.

Diversity Circles

The Diversity Circles (DC) initiative was co-founded by the FSA and BCIT Research, enabled by a successful SSHRC grant led by FSA members and DC co-creators Zaa Joseph and Shannon Kelly. The FSA continues to support DC in-kind. FSA and members and staff continue to be well represented on the DC Steering Committee and among its collaborators. Check out upcoming events hosted by DC.

Internal & External Committee Participation (BCFED and CAUT)

In addition to our members on Institute committees like the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Institute Accessibility Committee, and Diversity and Inclusion in Learning, the FSA appoints members to a number of different committees led by external organizations. Our members sit and have sat on the Canadian Association of University TeachersEquity Committee, helping to create post-secondary union policy on the national level. We also appoint members to BC Federation of Labour Standing committees that organize for equity denied groups: Human RightsWomen and Gender Rights, and Young Workers’.

Strategic Plan

The number one priority area identified in the FSA’s 2021-26 Strategic Plan is to reduce inequity. To address problems of inequity, our objectives include but are not limited to: identifying and working to address inequities in different FSA job classifications; increasing awareness within the membership about existing inequities; increasing accessibility and seeking to remove barriers to participation in the FSA; and holding BCIT accountable for reducing inequities.

Accessibility Audit

At a February 2022 FSA Board Meeting, the Board approved a motion that directed staff to “retain a consultant to assess the accessibility of the current FSA spaces, systems, and services and make recommendations, if any, for improvement in the form of an FSA Accessibility Plan. This will include both ‘FSA governance’ in that it will include a review of existing policies from an accessibility lens and ‘FSA operations’ in that it will pertain to physical spaces, use of remote/online platforms, service offerings, and internal systems.” The assessment was conducted in summer 2022 by the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. Its results are expected to be published by late spring 2023.

SDG Accord

The FSA is a signatory on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord. The purpose of the accord is to inspire, celebrate, and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the United Nation’s SDGs and the value its interlinked objectives bring to governments, business, and wider society. The UN’s SDGs provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.


The FSA provides ongoing training to members and staff on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to promote a healthy and respectful work environment at BCIT.


The FSA’s Donations & Gifts Policy allows the union to direct monetary donations to organizations that reflect our values, including groups that work to end or ameliorate inequality.  In the recent past, donations have gone out to groups including the Ethos Lab and a variety of unions affected by job action.