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Responding to Anti-Black Racism

Anti-Black Racism Resources for Educators, Parents and Students

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Pope Francis (June 3, 2020)

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board recognizes that all are created in the image and likeness of God. As such, we are committed to equity which requires building a culture of encounter and belonging so that all can see the image and likeness of God in the diverse identities at PVNC.

The impacts of anti-Black racism cut across economic, social, political and educational domains and overshadow the hard work and positive contributions of Black communities to Canadian society.  We hope the resources below will be helpful in informing classroom, family, and community conversations about anti-black racism:

Resources for Learning about Black History:

Solidarity is an important principle of Catholic Social Teaching.  In his 2020 encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis calls Catholics to a solidarity which reaches beyond “sporadic acts of generosity”  to focus on seeing others as brothers and sisters and “combatting the structural causes of [injustice]”.

Learning about Black History is an important way of expressing solidarity by recognizing the contributions of Black Canadians.  During Black History Month in February and throughout the school year educators, students and parents are invited to explore the following resources to deepen understanding of the contributions of Black Canadians both past and present:

School Resources:

Additional Resources:

  • OnCore is a video streaming service available for all employees and students.
    • To access, go to the PVNCCDSB homepage, hover on the ‘student’ tab and select On-Core.  Use CPass Username/ password
    • To find new videos in ON-Core for Black History Month, use the Curriculum Search: Subject: Special Awareness Dates; Course/Section: Black History Month; sort by “Newest”. You can further filter the results by Audience Level (left of Indigenous Content only).

Potential Speakers:

Dwayne Morgan 

Mante Molepo

Sanaaj Mirrie

Neskens Jr Dorcelus

Tony Jno Baptiste 

Vidya Shah, Ed.D., OCT