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The first annual March for Black Students took place in August of 2020.
In the year since, we have seen a number of changes within the education system thanks to the 10 demands issued as part of last year’s march. However, these changes do not go far enough and are not clear enough to offer significant impacts for Black children.
More concerningly, in our work with parents across this province, Parents of Black Children is seeing first hands how systems and institutions are harming our children without any accountability. We define this as ‘systems abuse‘. Systems abuse is the collusion of systems to protect each other amidst the harm of Black children. Children’s Aid Societies for example know the impact that ‘trite’ or malicious reporting has on Black families, yet does nothing to hold School Boards accountable for these reports. The education, child welfare, prison pipeline needs to STOP.
In this movement, we all need to show up and do our part for Black students who are simply asking for equity in education and a peaceful educational experience.
Join us on Saturday, August 7 in our second March for Black Students and show your support.