Supports for staff and students following horrific violence targeting Black community
May 16, 2022
The Upper Grand District School Board would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of those killed and injured in the horrific mass shooting that took place in Buffalo, NY, this weekend.
Ten people were killed and three people were injured. Authorities in the United States are pursuing this as a racially motivated hate crime, targeting the Black community.
The UGDSB acknowledges that members of the Black community, including in our board, schools and communities, continue to experience trauma due to anti-Black racism, hatred and violence. Anti-Black racism, racism, hate and oppression cannot be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, many who may be feeling pain and fear. The UGDSB is committed to disrupting anti-Black racism and will continue to take action in anti-racism and anti-oppression work.
If you or someone you know is struggling or needs someone to talk to, supports are available both within our schools and within our communities.
UGDSB Support Services staff are available to support students and can be arranged through students’ classroom teacher.
Students may also contact:
- Guelph/Wellington: 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247)
- Dufferin: 519-941-1530 (DCAFS)
- COMPASS Distress Line 1-519-821-3760
- LGBTQIA+ Support Line 226-669-3760
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Additional resources for students/families:
- Black Mental Health Canada: https://blackmentalhealth.ca/
- Black Therapist List (virtual appointments are available): https://www.blacktherapistlist.com/directory/ctype/Online
- Resources for responding to hate: https://www.ugdsb.ca/schools/safe-equitable-and-inclusive-schools/resources-for-responding-to-hate-toward-individuals-and-groups/
Each of us can make a difference too:
- Make sure you and those around you name and act upon any form of anti-Black racism, violence and hatred.
- Speak out and report all such violence, even if you are not directly involved.
We encourage anyone in need of assistance to reach out for support and for everyone to support those around them.