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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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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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What is Equitable and Inclusive Learning? A Parent’s Perspective on the First Day of School

Thousands of students in many of the English school boards will begin the new school year tomorrow. Like all beginnings, the school year welcomes new possibilities, opportunities and ways to think more critically about how to engage diverse identities and experiences. How a child experiences school can have a tremendous impact on their well-being and …

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20 2SLGBTQ+ Children and YA Books in Honour of Capital Pride Festival

Today marks the launch of the 2019 Ottawa Capital Pride Festival, from August 18th to 25th. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28th 1969. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. The raid was followed by a …

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Racism in Hockey

Outrage over a recent hockey game reverberated through social media after a Black hockey player, Jonathan-Ismaël Diaby, was targeted by racist taunting and slurs. People are angry not only because of the racist incident in which a so-called “fan” called Diaby the n-word and mimicked a gorilla, while his family and girlfriend were harassed by …

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Making space for diverse family structures in activities at school and daycare

A couple of years ago, an incident occurred at my children’s daycare that really reinforced for me how powerful an educator can be, either for good or bad, in affecting a child’s confidence and sense of self-worth. Our daycare organized a Father’s Day breakfast, and I had arranged for my uncle to accompany my daughter …

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