BLAC’s work over the past year has confirmed for us that educational institutions continue to be spaces for the perpetuation of horrendous anti-Black racism. Like others in our community who have worked on these issues for years, we also understand that reports, investigations into or reviews of the school system or boards, whether they be related to the Ministry of Education or individual boards, whether they are conducted by progressive or conservative political parties in power, have made no difference in the lives of Black students, parents and caregivers, teachers and communities across Ontario. We believe that such reports will continue to be ineffectual in achieving change and that unless and until there is real political will and accountability in the education system, Black students, parents and teachers will continue to be traumatized, excluded and criminalized – to the significant detriment of not only Black communities, but also our education system and society as a whole.

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