We Are Guided & Grounded In By

Our Guiding Principles

Members of Parents of Black Children will be grounded in and guided by these core principles based on an Anti-Black Racism Analysis:

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Anti-Black Racism is prejudice, attitudes, beliefs, stereotyping, and discrimination directed at people of African descent and is rooted in their unique colonized history and experience of enslavement. Anti-Black racism in Canada is often subtle and is generally not accompanied by overt racial slurs or explicitly prohibitive legislation. However, it is deeply entrenched in Canadian institutions, policies, and practices, such that anti-Black racism is either functionally normalized or rendered invisible to the larger White society. Anti-Black racism is manifested in the legacy of the current social, economic, and political marginalization of African Canadians in society such as the lack of opportunities, lower socio-economic status, higher unemployment, significant poverty rates, and overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.

The Principles

Analyzing Power (Power Analysis)
Through the analysis of institutional power, Parents of Black Children commits to
identifying and unpacking the systems of oppression that impact our children within the education system. As well, we acknowledge that like other Canadian institutions, YRDSB and YCDSB, French Public, French Catholic, as well as independent and private schools within the region, have evolved within an historical context of white supremacy, colonialism, and anti-Black racism, all of which have been woven into the fabric of education policies and practices, leading to the creation of long-standing disproportionalities and disparities for African Canadian students.
Transparency and Accountability
We commit to operate in a fully transparent manner and be accountable to the African Canadian Parents and students in York Region. As such, Parents of Black Children – York Region commits to providing the community members with detailed information about our group including its processes, leadership, and outcomes.
Listening
We commit to making space to listen and solicit feedback from all members, including parents and of African Canadian children. We commit to prioritizing and listening to the stories of our Black parents and children, elders, LBGT2SQ, and members of religious minority groups, as told by them. We welcome the members of White or other racialized parents of Black children and will support them through their concerns but recognize the privilege they carry as non-Black parents.
Appreciation & Gratitude
We will show appreciation and gratitude for the whole of each other’s personhood. We commit to respecting and nurturing all intersections of Blackness that make up each member. We will resist arrogance and judgement, be willing to share weaknesses, we will call each other out, and celebrate each other often. We will work uniformly, with one goal and do all that is in the best interest of our Black children, putting aside our own egos and personal ambitions for the liberation of our future…our children.