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Jan 14
Surrey Schools stands against discrimination in supporting Black Shirt Day

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This Friday (Jan. 15), Surrey Schools is showing its support for the inaugural Black Shirt Day, an effort by the Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver to encourage education and discussion around the history of racism and civil rights in Canada.

Our district is committed to anti-racism initiatives, and schools across our district will utilize this opportunity to recognize injustices and promote racial inclusivity.

These conversations will continue through initiatives including Black History Month, National Indigenous History Month, Orange Shirt Day, Pink Shirt Day and No-Name Calling Week, all of which recognize issues of discrimination facing our diverse communities.

Other anti-racism initiatives that will keep these conversations going include:

  • The district's annual #RaceMatters Youth Symposium which provides students a safe and encouraging place to discuss issues, events and strategies in dealing with racism at school and in the wider community.
  • The district's Safe Schools department's Next 100 Years program, in partnership with the Surrey RCMP, pairs Grade 6 and 7 elementary students with youth mentors from affiliated secondary schools to discuss issues around culture, identity and community. Students meet biweekly for presentations and activities exploring themes of diversity, anti-racism and anti-oppression.
  • The Wraparound (WRAP) program, which promotes acceptance and a sense of community among youth through team-based initiatives. Last year, students in the WRAP program painted Common-Unity, an award-winning 150-foot mural promoting positivity and racial inclusivity.
  • At a school level, teachers throughout the district work to promote multiculturalism in the classroom, with some being recognized for their ongoing efforts to take a stand against racism.

Under Policy #10900 and Regulation #10900.1, the Surrey Board of Education advocates for human rights and prohibits discrimination, and additionally endorses curricular goals and learning objectives toward the elimination of racism and other forms of discrimination. The board supports and endorses the values and objectives contained in the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, the B.C. Multiculturalism Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the B.C. Human Rights Code.

Surrey Schools supports the anti-racism, anti-discrimination message of Black Shirt Day as another opportunity to promote inclusivity, positivity and acceptance in our schools and communities.


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