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How are you addressing anti-asian racism in Canada?

We remember after George Floyd died the outpouring of support from everyone. The personal messages from friends and colleagues asking us how they can help. The Blackout Tuesday and online statements of solidarity in support of Black lives. The protests, the marches, the woke culture. Watching a similar reaction take place towards the Asian community …

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Do you know all the women on the new Periodic Table of Canadian Women’s History?

When Isabela Ozamiz, the software developer behind the digital Periodic Table of Canadian Black History, realized International Women’s Day was coming, she hopped on a Zoom call with her girlfriends for some group research, laughs, and learning. With Nicholas Simard again donating translation services, you can learn about Angela James (the first Black woman and …

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Can you talk about racism in the classroom (without getting in trouble?)

Dear Educator Colleagues: Have you ever heard the following? “It’s okay to discuss race, as long as you don’t bring it up first.” “Sure, you can talk about the protests, just don’t have an opinion.” “A parent has called to speak with me about the article you used that connected the recent insurrection in the …

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Periodic table of Canadian Women's History

Periodic Table of Canadian Black History: now digital!

To celebrate Black History Month 2021 we are delighted to share with the world the digital Periodic Table of Canadian Black History in English and en Français! In 2020, we created a Periodic Table of Canadian Black History that could be installed on a bulletin board in your school building. Complete with QR codes, the …

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Calling All OCDSB Families and Community Partners

We received this communication from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) this week: “As you know, earlier this year, the OCDSB undertook a survey of identity based data. All parents of students in JK-6 and students in grades 7-12 were invited to complete the survey. We are pleased to share that 74,975 surveys were sent …

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Open Letter to Our Community

Dear Community, We love you, we value you and all that matters to you – people, health, safety and support. In this time of pandemic, we are focusing on how we can support our community and families. With the indefinite cancellation of schools, we are concerned about all students, particularly our most vulnerable students. We …

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Five picture books to read for International Women’s Day (with kids of ALL genders)

Did you celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th? Often overlooked in the discourse around IWD is transgender women. Our motto at Parents for Diversity is “Picture Books Can Change The World,” and to that end, we are offering five picture books to read with your kids to begin discussing gender identity and affirming …

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Did you know yesterday was a historic FIRST day in Ottawa?

Thanks to the work of the Somerset West Community Health Centre and inspired by similar work in Toronto,  Mayor Jim Watson declared yesterday the first ever Black Mental Health Day in the city of Ottawa. “…March 2nd, marks the first annual Black Mental Health Day, recognized by communities across Ontario. This important day not only …

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