Anti-Racism

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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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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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What does it look like to centre anti-racism in education amidst a viral pandemic?

The four Ottawa-area public school boards are in the process of transitioning students back to learning both in-person and virtually, and as an organization committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments that allow children to fulfill their true potential in this world, we have serious concerns about the ways in which COVID-19 is exacerbating …

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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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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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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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