In light of recent events across North America, we acknowledge the impact this is having on our students, families, and staff members, especially those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Racism takes many forms and actions. In every instance, it must be condemned. These powerful protests calling attention to historical and systemic racism raise questions about the role of education and how our schools reflect our society. In response, we would like to reiterate the values of Saskatoon Public Schools and the conscious steps we take to move our community towards equality.
Our school division is open to all. In our schools, we strive to ensure that every student is known, valued, and believed in. Education is our business, but it is also our purpose. During turbulent times, we know the way forward is through education. Lessons about race, social injustice, and respect have long been taught in our classrooms, starting with our youngest learners. We have expanded our citizenship education to help more students develop their own moral compass and empower them to take a stand in their world. Our school division has encouraged the growth of our teachers and staff to explore anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices. We have pledged to build a more respectful, inclusive community. Our work is ongoing and growing.
In addition to lessons in school, here are some resources you can use at home for age-appropriate discussions with your children:
Child Mind Institute – Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
Teaching Tolerance - Beyond the Golden Rule: Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
Common Sense Media – Resources about Race and Racism
Let's Talk About Race (video appropriate for young students)
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan – Anti-Racism 101
Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we work together to eliminate racism in our society.