School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is dedicated to building awareness and changing attitudes about racism, both in the classroom and the workplace.
This past year, world events have rallied solidarity around exposing the painful reality of racial inequality and injustice that exists, and the importance for organizations to fully embrace anti-racist values, behaviors, and policies in order to change our cultures.
This month, School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is launching a new anti-racism website: https://antiracism.sd8.bc.ca/, an online resource that provides practical guidance to teachers and parents as they explore issues of race with students.
The site is divided into four sections, designed to support and align with School District 8 – Kootenay Lake’s strategic plan goals of learning, engagement and strengthening relationships.
KNOW – increase our understanding of systemic racism and being an anti-racist.
LEARN – provide resources for deepening understanding about racism and developing an anti-racist mindset.
CONNECT – student and staff access to learning opportunities and local facilitators.
ACT – offering ideas to be part of the anti-racism solution.
“Understanding racism and its roots, questioning our own privilege and biases, and slowly dismantling those systems and beliefs internally and in our schools… is the process we all need to engage in,” says Perkins.
Upcoming initiatives will include a full professional development day on April 19, that will focus on Indigenization of the curriculum with keynote speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph. Chief Joseph has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad. In addition, plans are already in place for a new district scholarship for students that exemplify human rights action. School District 8