A march for justice will take place in Peel today

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A March for Justice will be taking place in the Region of Peel today.

This march will take place today (June 17) and participants will be standing up for racism in the Peel District School Board.

“We demand change in the Peel District School Board,” said a heartfelt video released to promote the march.

Back in April, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced that they had appointed Huggins to conduct an investigation into the PDSB's compliance with the Ministry of Education's binding anti-racism directions.

The ongoing controversies at the board are connected to a damning report on racism in schools and at the board level. The Ministry of Education released that report following its review of the PDSB—a review requested by the board in light of allegations of anti-Black racism and improper human resources practices.

The March 2020 report contains myriad examples of how racism disproportionately impacts Black students, pointing out that Black students are suspended more frequently than students of other ethnic backgrounds. The report also found that school administrators are more likely to involve the police in incidents involving Black students, even when the incidents are not criminal in nature. 

Another recently-released report suggested that the Peel District School Board (PDSB) has been unable to adequately confront anti-Black racism at the board level and in schools in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. 

Today’s march is being organized by students who demand to see change within the school board. 

It will start at A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton, located at 7755 Hurontario St. and will end at the Peel District School Board, located at 5650 Hurontario St.

Those who would like to participate in the march are asked to meet at the Brampton Court House at 4:30 pm.

Masks are mandatory for those who would like to join. 

Photo credits: The Canadian Press

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