Parents Frustrated by Slow Pace of Tackling Racism in Peel Schools

In June, the Peel District School Board (PDSB) unveiled its new anti-racism policy. “This policy is great, but it’s written. How will it be actioned?” asked Tope Adefarakan, whose son attends a PDSB school in Brampton. The new policy aims to provide a better learning experience and improved relationship with Indigenous, Black and racialized communities by updating the curriculum to be culturally sensitive, ensuring diversity in hiring, and collecting data to shed light on rates of bullying and suspensions. Idris Orughu, a community advocate who has been on the front lines of dismantling systemic racism at the board said, “There must be an accountability measure, so if what we’re seeing doesn’t match what they’re saying, that’s a problem. How does the policy translate to work being done on the ground?”

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