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Ontario needs to better address systemic anti-Black, anti-Indigenous racism in curriculum, students say – Toronto Star

Oct. 28, 2020

Ontario’s school curriculum needs to better address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, Toronto’s Youth Cabinet is urging, with the support of 16 education unions and advocacy groups.

In a letter to Education Minister Stephen Lecce, the youth cabinet — the city’s official youth advisory body — said systemic racism “is extensive throughout the education system and school boards across the province of Ontario. For decades Black, Indigenous, and racialized students have been discriminated against.”

They point to recent reports out of the Peel public school board, that cited years of inaction discrimination against Black students, incidents of Islamophobia and general dysfunction, saying similar issues exist in all boards.

Lecce has issued a number of directives to the Peel board to address the long-standing problems, and also sent in a supervisor to oversee changes.

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