About Parents of Black Children

Who We Are

Parents of Black Children (PoBC) is an advocacy group formed to support and address issues related to the success of Black students within schools across York Region. The group began in York Region and is a collective of parents from public, catholic, French public and catholic and private and independent schools. We are working to ensure that our Black children can meet their full potential and achieve success in their
educational outcomes.

Parents of Black Children is a safe and supportive place for parents and Black students to share their
experiences and issues within the school system and develop strategies and recommendations to improve
the experience of Black students within schools.

Our Foundation

Parents of Black Children is fully committed to facilitating and advocating for Black 1 students to achieve their fullest potential, by working as a collective to ensure institutional strategies are in place at all schools across York Region to meet the needs of African Canadian students.

The group is founded on the principles 2 of anti-oppression and rooted in the knowledge that Black children are experiencing anti-Black racism within their schools and connected systems daily.

Black is Beautiful!

We use the term “Black” to refer to all people of ‘African descent’ meaning, those who can trace their family tree (or part of their family tree) back to the continent of Africa. Therefore, Black in this case is also inclusive of those students who are of bi-racial heritage, being Black and another ethnicity.

We also use the term “African Canadian”, this is a different way to refer to Black people and includes ALL Canadians of African descent, regardless of where they were born, e.g. Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, Nigeria, Ghana, England, etc. This term includes people who have one parent of African descent and consider themselves bi-racial.

Our Vision

Our Vision

The vision of Parents of Black Children is to effectively engage education leaders, to create an equitable and peaceful educational experience, free from oppression and anti-Black racism for students of African Canadian descent

Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of Parents of Black Children is a commitment to advocating and ensuring that all school boards and independent and private schools in the region meet the educational, emotional safety, wellbeing and physical needs of Black students, by providing them with an equitable opportunity to pursue their education in an environment free from oppression and anti-Black racism in all its manifestations.