In declaring the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, the United Nations (UN) recognized "that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected."
ETFO is a union committed to social justice, equity and inclusion. Given the legacy and current prevalence of anti-Black racism in colonial systems, institutions and society that groups like Black Live Matters have brought to light, ETFO is committed to creating policies, professional learning and curriculum resources that protect and support the equality and rights of Black people. Public advocacy is also an important aspect of ETFO's work in this area.
ETFO will continue to develop curriculum resources that explore Black history, culture, identity and current day realities of racism and discrimination in a respectful and reflective manner and that celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians to our country.
ETFO’s Anti-Black Racism Strategy is focused on creating systemic changes to confront anti-Black racism and provide a more welcoming and inclusive union environment for Black members at provincial and local levels. Given the legacy and current prevalence of anti-Black racism in colonial systems, institutions and society,
ETFO Action on Anti-Black Racism -
Building an Inclusive School Workplace and Unionbrochure (PDF |
Word) provides information on what anti-Black racism is, ETFO’s anti-Black racism strategy and how to be an ally.
In 2018, ETFO’s provincial Executive approved a multi-year strategy to promote the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and address Anti-Black racism issues within ETFO, the education sector and in broader society. As part of ETFO’s multi year strategy, four posters addressing anti-racism and anti-Black racism were created. These posters can support educators and help bring awareness to anti-Black and anti-racism initiatives within classrooms and schools.
To print a 9x12 copy of the poster:
To share the anti-racism posters on social media:
This year due to COVID-19 public health restrictions the following workshops are available:
Equity Workshops 2020-2021. Follow the link for more information on running a workshop in your local.