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Making Connections between Building Better Schools and Creating a More Just Ontario.

Students sitting at large desks in classroom

The point of talking about privilege is not to make people feel bad, or guilty; it is that recognizing privilege is the only hope we have of breaking down the system to make it fairer for everyone.

Cindy Blackstock

Voice in conversation with Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Women picketing for Federation of Women Teachers Associations

Eighty-one percent of the members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) are women and, in many ways, the history of women teachers reflects the struggles of all Canadian women.

Farah Wadia and students standing in river.

“A water what?” was the response I’d get whenever I introduced my grade 8 students to the concept of a watershed.

Cover of Joel Westheimer's book What Kind of Citizen?

Westheimer’s view is that the goals of education have shifted away from preparing students to be active and engaged citizens. Through standardized curriculum and standardized testing, schools have moved to a more narrow focus on career preparation and individual economic gain.

Shannon Gamble sitting in room with toys

Four years of war in Syria have driven millions of people out of the country, seeking refuge anywhere possible.

Aboriginal community members marching down street

On June 1, 2008, just days before the Prime Minister’s public apology to residential school survivors and their families and communities, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established.

Students standing in classroom holding a rainbow flag

In June of 2013, students at City View Alternative School in Toronto’s west end cut the ceremonial ribbon across the door of a multi-stall, all-gen

Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers

I recently participated in a curriculum workshop for teachers hosted by Natasha Henry.

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