February is Black History Month. It is a time for Canadians to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. It is also an opportunity to recognize historic and present forms of anti-Black racism in Ontario and challenge negative stereotypes and systems of oppression.
According to the Ontario Human Rights Code, every person has the right to be free from these and other forms of racial discrimination and harassment. In understanding the crucial nature of this duty, St. Veronica’s and the YCDSB are committed to dismantling anti-Black racism, systemic anti-oppressive inequities, and recognizing Black excellence in our school community. Although Black excellence will be celebrated throughout the school year, Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate some of the victories and achievements of York Catholic Black students and staff who are making a positive impact in our schools and communities.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, :
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through
continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our
freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
Let us remember our shared responsibility to eliminate systemic barriers and racism not just this month but every day.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s), please feel free to access the Government of Canada Black History Page for resources.