Yesterday, we were heartbroken to hear of a Muslim family that was targeted with a vehicle in London, Ontario. Our deepest condolences go to the family and all those grieving this act of terrorism and hate.
We are deeply concerned about the violent effect of Islamophobia and condemn these violent acts of hate. As a school board, we are also committed to continue taking action against Islamophobia and to supporting our students, staff and community. Our actions will continue to include partnering with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and developing and delivering professional learning to all staff aimed at disrupting Islamophobia.
If you believe your child requires support from the Board’s mental health professionals, please contact your child’s school directly.
Below are resources you may use to support conversations and support for your children.
Resources for Educators and Families:
- Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators
- NCTSN Suggestions for Educators
Culturally Relevant Resources for Emotional Well-Being:
- Naseeha provides an anonymous, non-judgmental, confidential and toll-free peer support helpline for youth experiencing personal challenges. Naseeha’s services are open to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, physical and mental health, and religion.
- Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles. Khalil Center utilizes faith-based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the science of psychology towards addressing psychological, spiritual and communal health
General Supports for Emotional Well-Being:
- Victim Services of York Region provides crisis counselling and referrals for longer-term support. Advice and support for families and educators on best practices for providing support can be found here.
- Kids Help Phone provides support for children and youth. Professional counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 310-COPE provides crisis counselling for all. Professional counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
YRDSB works in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims to counter Islamophobia. Schools may wish to access NCCM’s educational resources and programs.
Cynthia Cordova, Chair
Louise Sirisko, Director