Students and staff are invited to team up with the Department of Education and the BC Lions Football Club to celebrate diversity and be part of the solution to end racism in schools.
“Schools need to be safe and welcoming places for all students, families and staff,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education. “We are thrilled to partner with the BC Lions and welcome another resource in schools to end racism and actively participate in global efforts to end systemic racism. “
BC Lions players will be giving student presentations between February and May 2022 for grades 6-10. The presentations will explore and engage students on anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, sharing their personal experiences and facilitating conversations in at least 20 schools. The workshops will be held face-to-face or virtually according to the public health orders. The participating students will be selected by the school administration.
“Every student deserves a level playing field, a sense of connectedness and a sense of belonging to our schools,” said Rick LeLacheur, President, BC Lions. “Many BC Lions players have witnessed or felt discriminated against, and they are compelled to bring their experiences and credibility to schools to help students find their voice to speak out against it. racism when they see it and to encourage diversity in all school communities. “
The Ministry of Education is providing $ 115,000 this year and has confirmed a partnership with the BC Lions for the next three years, on a series of anti-racism workshops in BC schools.
The BC Lions will report to the ministry on the results of the student survey and lessons learned by the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
“It is a sad truth that anyone from sports superstars to college students can be the target of racial discrimination and this is totally unacceptable,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives . “We encourage students, staff, BC Lions and all partners who are ready and willing to fight hate, discrimination and racism in our schools and in our neighborhoods.”
The Ministry of Education continues to rely on its action plan against racism. The first steps brought together rights holders and education stakeholders for round tables against racism in July 2020 and July 2021.
The ministry has expanded its Expect Respect and Safe Education (Clear) strategy to include resources and information for students and parents. Training has also been included in the school district strategy to specifically address racism in schools. The Minister’s Youth Dialogue series will soon be established with anti-racism as the first topic of interest.
- The 60 school districts and independent schools in British Columbia all have safe schools coordinators and codes of conduct or policies consistent with the British Columbia Human Rights Code.
- These codes and policies are designed to ensure that schools remain free from discrimination against a person based on race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, marital status, disability physical or mental, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. , or the age of that person or category of persons.
- BC’s Erase Strategy addresses bullying, racism, discrimination and other harmful behavior, and includes an anonymous online reporting tool.
About the erasure strategy. Students, families, staff and teachers can access resources through the Erase website to help them create safer school communities:
About the BC Lions Team against racism program: