Parent Feedback

Development of a Human Rights Policy for the OCDSB
Posted on 03/19/2021

In March 2020 the OCDSB established the Office of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor to oversee the investigation and resolution of human rights complaints and to identify and remove barriers that result in systemic discrimination.

In December 2020 the Board of Trustees approved a consultation plan for the development of a human rights policy for the OCDSB. The human rights policy will set out rights and responsibilities for students, staff, families and community members and create a human rights complaints mechanism.  

The consultation is underway! Over the next 4 weeks there will be several opportunities for staff, students and families to participate in the process.  

Action Requested

We would like your support and involvement in this crucial initiative. Please take a moment to look over the links below:

  • link to the Human Rights Video promoting participation in the consultation
  • link to the Human Rights Policy Consultation Page. Watch this page for upcoming dates for small group discussions and forums for students, parents and community members. We will be holding some discussions in  Arabic, Somali, Chinese, Nepali and ASL.
  • link to On-line Survey for students, parents and community members (available in English as well as Arabic,  Chinese (Simplified), Somali, French and Urdu). 
  • link to Narrated Presentation providing basic information about human rights, discrimination, harassment and accommodation and how to participate in the process.

Police Involvement and Human Rights Consultations

Starting on Monday, March 22 there are a number of opportunities for students and families to participate in the police involvement in schools consultation and the consultation to develop a human rights policy for the district. We will be holding consultations in Arabic, Somali, Nepali, Mandarin/Cantonese and English and also holding discussion groups for students and families of different social identities.  Staff discussions will take place at a later date.
Action Requested:
  1. Share this English update with all staff, parents and students grade 7 and up and encourage them to participate.
  2. Ask staff reps for equity, diversity and social justice clubs, GSAs, BSAs etc. to please share this English invitation directly with students who are members and encourage them to participate. Sessions start on March 22 for students of African Decent/Black and more will follow.
  3. Ask ELL and ELD teachers to please share with families.  Here is the invitation in SomaliArabicNepali and Chinese (Simplified). We will be holding sessions in each of these languages starting March 23.
  4. If you haven't already, consider updating your website with links to the police involvement in schools consultation page and the human rights consultation page 
  5. Please share the English  SomaliArabicNepali and Chinese (Simplified)  information with school councils.


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