However, as a result of international events exposing racism, as well as events at home in Canada, I have had to take a second, deeper look at what I do, teach, and say. I had thought that by teaching and promoting Social and Emotional Learning, that would encompass anti-racism goals. I have since learned many things; both about racism and about myself as a white person of privilege. I have now started down a path which I hope leads to some kind of clarity for me and my role as a parent, teacher, ally, and friend.
I want to acknowledge the grief and trauma that Indigenous communities are experiencing as more children’s graves are “discovered” at the sites of Canadian Residential Schools. The elders in these communities and those participating in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been telling Canadians for decades about the horrors they experienced.
Now finally, we are listening? As a Canadian, I am ashamed. We need to do better.
Click here for a child-friendly version of the Calls to Action, by the First Nations Child & Family Caring society of Canada.
Click here to read the 19 Recommended Calls to Action. Click here to read the whole report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Click here to read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
You can find “Anti-Racism” information, videos and resources both for parents and educators. I will continue to add to these pages. If you know of something that might be helpful, please send me an email. I would love to hear from you!