Hope for better things to come

The murder of George Floyd last year and the recent events such as the killing of Dante Wright shone a light on the reality of systemic racism. Yet, the guilty verdict reached in Derek Chauvin’s case offers society hope for better things to come! Accountability is the first step in the healing process.

As a Catholic learning community, we embrace our spiritual and social teachings, which guide us to “love our neighbours as we love ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).

Together, we can highlight racism against Black people and discrimination against Indigenous persons, people of colour, women, 2SLGBTQ+ and other groups. We maintain our commitments to address those wrongs and create an inclusive learning space for all.

We want our Black and racialized students to know we see you, we hear you, and we are here to help! Supports are available – please reach out if you are in need or if you want to talk to someone. Your school principals can direct you to the appropriate resources available in schools or the community (i.e., social workers, psychologists, and clinical staff) for any mental support and tips you might need to navigate these stressful times.

As a community, we recognize that all people are created equal in the image of God, each with unique and intersecting identity characteristics deserving of dignity (Genesis 1:27). We must keep supporting and standing together with our Black and racialized students as we continue to take steps in dismantling systemic racism and oppression. We believe in the power of Student Voice. We want to be better – let us know what we can do to help you.

Dr. Prince Ehoro

Equity & Diversity Advisor, Ottawa Catholic School Board

Dr. Prince Ehoro has a Ph.D. in business management from Aston University, England. Prince joins the OCSB with over a decade of experience in the field of equity, diversity and inclusion. Prince is an accomplished facilitator, instructional designer and researcher, administering and conducting qualitative/quantitative research in North America, Europe and Africa.

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