Developing and Distributing Public Educational Resources to Combat Systemic Racism
The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism is promoting and upholding human rights by developing and publicly disseminating education materials on combatting and preventing systemic racism in the Canadian education system. This material will focus on three issues pivotal to developing an inclusive and equitable education system:
- increasing the representation of Black educators in the Canadian public school system and in post-secondary institutions,
- increasing access to post-secondary education for Black students; and
- addressing the disproportionate kindergarten to grade 12 suspension and expulsion rates for Black students.
The education materials on each of the above three topics include two components. First, they include data, statistics and evidenced based research showcasing systemic discrimination and the need for change. Second, the education materials will include concrete actions that education institutions can take to address each issue and to move towards a more inclusive and equitable education system.
For example, the education materials developed by The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism on increasing access to post-secondary education for Black students. It first summarizes data evidencing that Black students are less likely than the general population to graduate from high-school and enrol in post-secondary education and identify causes of this disparity and then provide ways to address this issue including by offering entrance scholarships for Black students, and by having secondary schools partner with neighbouring post-secondary institutions to provide a mentorship programs to support Black students.
The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism distributes the education materials to Canadian school board administrators, and teachers at elementary and secondary schools as well as administrators and professors at Canadian post-secondary institutions on an ongoing basis. The education materials will be provided at no cost. In addition, the education materials will be available to the broader public at no cost on and will also be posted on our website.