Director of Education’s Message


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We proudly launched our DSBN Wellbeing flag in November 2019 as the embodiment of student voice, inclusivity, bias-free environments, upstandership, kindness, acceptance, diversity, respect, leadership, and positive engagement. When viewing the flag, DSBN students, staff, and community members told us that the artistic representation of the multiple symbols enabled them to see themselves within it, and gave them the feeling that DSBN students, staff, and community members are accepted, safe, and have a voice that will be heard.

At the DSBN, we have acknowledged the painful realization that racism, bias, and discrimination is part of our history, and that it still exists in our community. We have known there is work to do to ensure the DSBN is an inclusive and equitable organization. We know our compassion alone is not enough; it is time for change, time to act.

As an educational organization, it is essential that we go beyond teaching the curriculum to fostering a culture and community where students are safe, have a voice, and can learn and grow up to be leaders who eliminate biases and challenge societal stereotypes for everyone in our community. We do this work in part, through our strategic plan, our policies, our Equity Action Plan, the work of our equity and diversity team, our staff and our students.

An important part of this work is to actively listen and create opportunities to speak with racialized individuals and communities in Niagara. Our work is not effective if it is not informed by the experiences, beliefs, and needs of racialized people and groups in Niagara. Through our DSBN Equity and Inclusivity Lead K-12, we will continue to create more opportunities to listen with the intent of learning and incorporating these important voices into our organization.

This work is the beginning of an ongoing organizational journey, with more work to be done. It is imperative that we continue to look within our organization to learn about how to create and model the bias-free and inclusive culture we want our students to experience. We do not, and will not tolerate racism, discrimination, or violence in our schools or in our communities. We will continue to provide a high-quality education to our students, while working with them and our staff, to support equity and inclusivity, and to ensure we are inspiring and empowering everyone in our school community to achieve their full potential.
 

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