TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2023 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is launching community engagement sessions to hear from community members, organizations, and the education sector about solutions to tackle anti-Black racism in Ontario's public-funded funded education system.
Today, the OHRC is opening registration for 12 engagement sessions across the province that will support the development of an Action Plan to address systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario's education system. The OHRC will conduct in person and virtual meetings. The sessions will start in October 2023 and are expected to last until January 2024.
In person and virtual meetings will take place in the following locations. Participants can register at each session in the links below:
Greater Toronto Area:
The community engagement sessions are the second step in the OHRC's work to tackle anti-Black racism in education. The OHRC will publish an Action Plan report in 2024 with calls to action that are informed by input from written submissions, community engagements, and meetings with students. The OHRC will work with community partners to track and monitor the OHRC's progress and implementation of the action plan.
"The OHRC believes that an inclusive and supportive school environment is integral to the well-being, belonging and success of Black students. For too long, Ontario's publicly funded education system has impeded and stifled their progress. Our earlier consultation with staff, educators and students in the education sector confirms this. The voices of students, communities, and education professionals must be heard to help identify and develop practical solutions focused on Black students' well-being, achievement, and belonging," said Patricia DeGuire, OHRC's Chief Commissioner. "I look forward to attending the sessions and listening to those discussions."
SOURCE Ontario Human Rights Commission