This year, the UGDSB launched ‘UGTalks about’ – an initiative inspired by TED Talks, to centre student voice.
After the Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) group took a pause, group member Viktoria approached the group’s teacher-advisor about reviving the schools GSA classroom online.
Throughout the month of June, the Upper Grand District School Board will be celebrating Pride Month at the board and school levels and as a community.
Program for Indigenous families in the UGDSB: Anishinaabemowin Nanda-gikendan “Seeking to Learn the Language”
A new weekend program for Indigenous families begins this September. Anishinaabemowin Nanda-gikendan – “Seeking to Learn the Language” – will run on Saturdays from 9-11:30am, from Sept. 18, 2021, to May 28, 2022.
The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) is hosting a multi-day, virtual Anti-Racism Summit. The summit is part of the GBHS’s Change Starts Now initiative, an anti-racism project “aimed at preventing and responding to racism in Guelph and Wellington County.”
This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Check out some book recommendations focused on Indigenous education and knowledge.
This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.
Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond. One individual had a direct connection to the school board and our region, although much of this history was not widely known until a few years ago.
During Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month, grade 1 and 2 students in Elizabeth Newman’s class at Victoria Terrace Public School researched the life of Viola Desmond and her role in Canada’s Black History.
Students in the Black Chapter student group at Centre Dufferin District High School recently released a video as part of Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month, the topic of this video – Hair Love.