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Next Steps Coming: Action on Racism

As we continue our journey and work to create a better path forward together, recommendations on how to address racism within the Burnaby School District will be delivered to Trustees in a report at their September Board Meeting.

The report is the culmination of a process set in motion in June 2020 by the Burnaby Board of Education to learn from the insight and lived experiences of students, staff, families and community partners – particularly people affected by systemic racism. The process included extensive engagement and is part of the broader goal of supporting learning and working environments where everyone feels welcome, safe, and respected.

A third-party engagement firm called The Co-Laboratorio that specializes in anti-racism, equity and diversity work was contracted in December 2021 to gather arm’s length information through deeper conversations. The firm presented their interim findings at the Board Meeting last May after having confidential interviews and conversations with staff, parents, and students. Co-Laboratorio facilitators shared the emerging themes they were seeing, such as: teacher diversity, capacity, and practice; curriculum and learning experience; student-to-student behaviours and relations; administration, policies, and procedures; partnerships and relationships – teachers, families, and community; as well as resources and support.

Trustees will hear Co-Laboratorio’s final report and recommendations at the Board Meeting on September 27. Click here to learn how to attend the public meeting at 7pm.

Scroll down to learn more about the full engagement process that led to this point, including the Anti-Racism Equity & Inclusion Survey that was shared with all students, families, staff, and community partners in May 2021.

Read about awareness-building efforts, opportunities to celebrate culture and diversity, as well as anti-racism work happening in Burnaby Schools: 

Learning Through Indigenous Teachings and Honouring Culture

Anti-Racism Lead Nominated for Premier’s Award for Work in District – September 2022

Burnaby students drum for National Indigenous Peoples Day – Burnaby Now, June 2022

Westridge student Raven Rocha and Burnaby Village Museum programmer Nicole Preissl unveil the reconciliation crosswalk design, slated for Union Street this summer – Burnaby Beacon, June 2022

Burnaby to install first-ever reconciliation crosswalk – Vancouver Sun, June 2022

Students design reconciliation crosswalk in Burnaby – Global TV, June 2022

Raising Diverse Student Voices and Opportunities – May 2022

Honouring Community Traditions and Practices – May 2022

Securing Black Futures Brings High Schoolers to UBC – The Tyee, May 2022

How more B.C. schools are supporting Muslim students during Ramadan – CBC News, April 2022

Burnaby school club raises Black student voices – Burnaby Now, April 2022

Honouring and Learning About Black History – February 2022

Paving the path forward for Black history curriculum in BC – Burnaby Beacon, February 2022

Black Excellence Day event hosted by Burnaby school district draws 12,000-plus – Burnaby Now, January 2022

Black Excellence Day, CBC TV News, January 2022

District Hosting Black Excellence Day for Thousands – January 2022

Reports of Racism in Burnaby Schools Bring Trustees to Tears – Burnaby Now, December 2021

Video of Bhangra dancing Burnaby kindergarteners goes viral-ish – Burnaby Now, November 2021

Art project to honour Indigenous culture – Burnaby Beacon, November 2021

Meet the Indigenous elder creating space for learning through art in Burnaby – Burnaby Beacon, September 2021

Opinion: Burnaby schools doing more than reflecting – we’re taking action – Burnaby Now, September 2021

All Burnaby school trustees to give one day’s pay for Truth and Reconciliation Day – Burnaby Now, September 2021

Burnaby valedictorian urges fellow Indigenous grads to define Truth and Reconciliation for themselves – Burnaby Now, June 2021

Parents Asked for Input on Racism in Burnaby Schools – Burnaby Now, May 2021

Dismantling Racism: Invitation to Engagement Process – May 2021

Asian Heritage Month: Honouring, Celebrating and Taking Action – May 2021

Opinion: Burnaby has come together to battle anti-Asian racism – Burnaby Now, May 2021

Burnaby school board approves anti-racism engagement process – Burnaby Now, April 2021

Black History Month: Celebrating & Learning – February 2021

BIPOC students find validation, hope amid discussions about race at Black History Month youth conference – CBC News, February 2021

B.C. students, teachers, don black shirts Friday for 1st unofficial day against racism – Global News, January 2021

Supporting Black Shirt Day – January 2021

Burnaby School District Takes Action to Tackle Racism and Discrimination in its Schools – CBC TV, December 2020

Anti-racism work at Burnaby schools starts at the top – Burnaby Now, October 2020

Continuing Our Journey: Supporting Anti-Racism – October 2020

Burnaby school district to develop anti-racism action plan – Burnaby Now, June 2020

Action on Racism: Burnaby Board of Education – June 2020

Burnaby school takes ‘reconciliaction’ with Indigenous welcome carving – Burnaby Now, November 2019

Burnaby museum works to undo erasure of local Indigenous history – Burnaby Now, November 2019

Celebrating Black History Month in Burnaby Schools – February 2019

‘Fate’ brings Indigenous hip-hop artist to Burnaby school for music video shoot – Burnaby Now, February 2019

Posted September 2022