Dear Parents and Guardians,
YCDSB believes that every student deserves an equal opportunity to be successful and is committed to working with all community stakeholders to ensure services are provided in an equitable and inclusive manner.
With this in mind, YCDSB staff has committed to a series of consultations with various equity-focused community groups in the coming months.
Over the past year, a series of meetings were held with community leaders from York Region’s African/Caribbean-Canadian organizations. Parents and families of YCDSB students of African/Caribbean heritage were also in attendance. The Board has engaged the services of the Kojo Institute to help facilitate the consultation process.
Consultation Events – You’re Invited
Two consultation events are planned this fall to share learnings and build understanding about anti-oppression and anti-Black racism (ABR). These events will include presentations and meaningful discussions aimed at engaging the experiences and insights of the African/Caribbean-Canadian community and developing shared commitments to action.
YCDSB students of African/Caribbean heritage as well as parents and families of YCDSB students with African/Caribbean heritage are encouraged to attend. Childcare and light refreshments will be provided at each meeting.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm – What is Anti-Black Racism? An evening of engagement and learning with Kike Ojo-Thompson of the Kojo Institute. This evening will be held at Jean Vanier Catholic High School, 10475 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm (Location TBD) – Invitation for Dialogue – Engaging the insights and experiences of parents/caregivers/families of African/Caribbean-Canadian students in York Catholic schools and YCDSB staff of African/Caribbean heritage
Additional community consultations with other equity-focused groups will be scheduled in the coming months.
If you have questions or would like more information, please email Michael Way Skinner, Coordinator: Religion, Family Life, and Equity at email@example.com.
Yours in Catholic Education,
Director of Education