May 31, 2019

PRIDE MONTH AT YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD!

June is Pride Month around the globe. This month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City at the end of June 1969.

History of Pride Flag
The Pride Flag is internationally recognized as a symbol of pride, hope and diversity. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the Pride Flag as a response to the need for a symbol to support the LGBT rights movement. The current flag has six stripes, each with its own meaning:

Capture

To show our commitment to safer environments, Beckett Farm PS  will fly the Pride flag for the month of June to show our solidarity and commitment to equity and inclusivity for all.

At Beckett Farm PS and within the greater York Region District School Board, we believe that:

  • Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence,
  • All students must be treated with respect and dignity and have access to schools
    where they are safe, welcome, accepted and included,
  • Developing resilient students who are engaged in their learning, who feel a sense of
    belonging in their school communities, and who feel supported to reach their highest potential,
  • We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that uphold and reflect the Seven Guiding Principles of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
  • We recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities,
  • As indicated in the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy, one of our system actions is to “interrogate and remove systemic barriers to well-being and achievement for underserved students through an anti-oppression lens.”

Unfortunately, we see examples of bullying, hate propaganda, cyberbullying, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other expressions of discrimination in our society which can sometimes spill over into our schools.

Flying the Pride flag:

  • demonstrates our commitment to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion.
  • signals our commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Ontario Human
    Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reflect the
    values held by Canadians and Ontarians.
  • aligns with the Director’s Annual Plan which identifies Equity and Inclusivity as a
    priority area

We acknowledge that everyone – government, staff, students, parents and members of the wider community – has an important role to play in creating learning and working
environments which are respectful, safer and inclusive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.