The York Region District School Board is committed to championing equity and inclusivity. In response to continued evidence of anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions, including in education, the Board has co-developed an anti-Black racism strategy.
The Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy: Creating anti-racist and Black-affirming learning and working environments was co-developed by York Region Black community leaders, YRDSB staff and in consultation with students. The launch of the strategy marks a coordinated effort to address anti-Black racism at the Board.
The systemic nature of anti-Black racism requires that school boards act proactively to support equitable access to quality education and opportunities for all students, and to challenge the marginalization of Black students, staff and families.
On March 8, 2021 students, staff, families and community members were invited to the virtual Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy launch event featuring guest presenter Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives; consultant Tana Turner; Director Louise Sirisko; Board Chair Cynthia Cordova; Trustee Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair; student performances and more.
The program examined anti-Black racism in educational institutions and unveiled the Board’s strategy on how to move forward.
Creating Anti-racist and Black-affirming Learning and Work Environments
The Strategy and Reports
Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy – Summary (PDF)
Part One: Background Report (PDF)
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Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan