Action/Promoting Change

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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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Help us ensure every child’s right to an education free from discrimination

To Our Community, It has been a while since we connected with you and we appreciate your patience as we sort out our next steps. We wanted to reach out and let you know what we have been doing and what we are planning for the coming months. At the end of 2019, Parents for Diversity …

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In Solidarity With Parents of Black Children and Allied Organizations

Parents for Diversity is an Ottawa-based group of parents, caregivers, and allies with varied lived experiences working to support parents and caregivers as they advocate for their children in educational spaces using an intersectional, anti-oppression lens. We recognize the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism in Ontario schools and the adverse effects of anti-Black racism on Black …

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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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If you’re tired of talking about race, consider how Black communities feel…

Law Professor and mindfulness practitioner Rhonda Magee wrote in her latest book The Inner Work of Racial Justice that “racial justice begins with ourselves.” She shares vulnerable stories of racism and injustice that she defines as “race stories.” Why are “race stories” relevant in how we parent our children and our accountability to anti-racism efforts? Race stories include …

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Mayor Watson and Chief Sloly: Enforcement of COVID-19 measures must respect human rights

Dear Mayor Watson and Chief Sloly,  Parents for Diversity is a non-profit organization of parents, educators and equity allies committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments that allow children to fulfill their true potential in this world.  We are writing to you in your role as leaders of this city responsible for ensuring the …

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Is Your School Ready for Black History Month?

Welcome to Black History Month! Black History Month was first formally recognized in Canada in 1995 when the Honourable Jean Augustine, first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, introduced a motion that recognized February as Black History Month (BHM). It was passed unanimously in the House of Commons. BHM celebrates the rich and varied contributions …

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