Who We Are

Learn more about Parents of Black Children (PoBC)

About Us

Parents of Black Children – York Region (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 is a collective of parents from York Region District School Board (YRDSB), York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB), French Public, French Catholic and independent and private schools within York Region. We are working to ensure that our Black children can meet their full potential and achieve success in their educational outcomes.

Our Foundation

PoBC 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 York Region schools.

We are a group that 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 within York Region schools are experiencing anti-Black racism within their schools daily.

Footnotes:

[1] The term ‘Black’ as used in this Terms of Reference, refers 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.  Black in this case is also inclusive of those students who are of bi-racial heritage, being Black and another ethnicity.

The term “African Canadian” refers to 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.

[2] Guiding Principles for Parents of Black Children – York Region can be found at the end of the Terms of Reference document.