Seven Oaks SD to develop anti-racism policy
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The Black Lives Matter movement has created a moment of racial reckoning like we have never seen before. From an educational lens, we are compelled to dig deeper to move beyond multiculturalism, diversify and inclusion.
Led by divisional principal Rebecca Chartrand, the Seven Oaks School Division launched an anti-racism initiative to develop a solid anti-racism policy.
Canada prides itself on being a country of peace, human rights and equity. However, like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Black Lives Matter movement illuminates historical inequalities that continue to shape present outcomes for those who have been marginalized or oppressed, namely Indigenous, Black and people of colour in Canada.
“For these reasons, we must continue to actively educate ourselves and others about this history and consider how we respond through Canadian education institutions,” said Rebecca.
Rebecca has a stellar record as a purpose-driven leader with significant investments in bridging the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous communities through the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and cultural competency training.
“Rather than focusing solely on the development of a policy, we want to create a culture that is supported by good policy and the infrastructure, the practices and the everyday procedures to support lasting changes,” Rebecca said.
To date, Rebecca has established a divisional advisory group and a school representatives committee who will explore what this work means to all stakeholders. There have been several committee discussions, as the groups explore ways in which they look to engage in these discussions.
“Working towards the development of a policy demonstrates good leadership intentionality and this is a most important first step. Hats off to SOSD for being a catalyst for change,” Rebecca said.
Derek Dabee is a member of the board of trustees of Seven Oaks School Division and a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maples community correspondent
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples.