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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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Communication tool to help parents and caregivers advocate for their children’s education

Given the unique times that we are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Parents for Diversity understand that parents and caregivers, who are tasked with supporting their children during school closures, may need extra support. P4D has developed a communication tool, written in multiple languages, to help parents reach out to teachers and administration to …

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Why We Should Celebrate Black Authors During Black History Month

What do last night’s Academy Awards and Black authors have in common? You may recall a tweet by Stephen King in January in which he claimed, “…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” For King, “those judging creative excellence should …

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How to Break Barriers!

We are full of gratitude for all the educators, parents, and caregivers who joined us this weekend for Breaking Barriers: Achieving Black Student Excellence. While many painful and difficult facts about the challenges Black students face in educational spaces were presented, innovative solutions sprung out of the hard conversations, and a real collective commitment to …

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When Speaking Up Works!A Success Story (And How You Can Speak Up Too)

You may recall our blog post from a few weeks ago discussing how colouring worksheets can uphold bias, reinforce stereotypes, and erase racialized children from the curriculum. Here’s an update on what happened after speaking up about that worksheet. My child’s teacher responded to my email: “Sometimes we get caught up in the hoopla of …

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How to celebrate Halloween WITHOUT cultural appropriation or racist stereotypes

This week is Halloween, which means it is time to talk about costumes, racism, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. We are using this week’s blog post to amplify some excellent voices that have spoken beautifully to this issue already. “Dressing up as another cultural group diminishes that cultural group to a caricature. And for youth, Indigenous …

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How kindergarten colouring worksheets uphold stereotypes and create bias (and what to do about it)

We are fortunate to live in a city where our school board offers French and English language instruction beginning in kindergarten. There are so many advantages to being multilingual, and I’m grateful that my daughter has access to this kind of education. When she brought home this pair of colouring sheets from her kindergarten class …

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Life of an immigrant woman with four kids

My mother came to this country Victoria Day weekend 1999, with four children and no understanding of the English or French language. We were placed in a government housing neighbourhood, subsidized, while my mother was in school to learn English. All four of us began school the following school year. I have two older brothers …

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Islamophobia in Our Schools

Islamophobia in Canada is increasing at a concerning rate; Muslim students are particularly vulnerable to Islamophobia.  There is no shortage of stories about Islamophobic incidents both physical and verbal in our communities. Students are on the receiving end of hateful speech and actions by administrators, educators and their fellow school community members. Schools have a responsibility …

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