Message from Director Haime

Message from the Director
Posted on 06/01/2020
Derek Haime, Director of Education

Derek Haime, Director of EducationWe are incredibly saddened by the death of George Floyd who died on May 25, while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board is committed to ensuring equity and inclusion, and we acknowledge the importance of addressing not only anti-Black racism but racism in general. As we continue to serve students and communities, these acts of violence are critical reminders that we must remain focused and committed to the changes that need to happen for our students and families. We need to continuously examine our commitment to make schools safe places for all students, staff, families and communities. As Nova Scotian Senator and Professor Wanda Bernard reminds us, “we need to have brave conversations to create safer spaces for all.”

We realize that vicarious trauma through screens is real, especially for our most vulnerable students. As leaders, we need to model calm and be prepared to have those brave yet honest conversations around what children are being exposed to through the media. It is important that we note that this is not “just a today problem”, that racism has been around for centuries. Common sense media has a list of books for all ages to help guide age-appropriate conversations around race and social justice.

It is important to build empathy, share stories that model the good in humanity and how most protesters are doing so peacefully. Yet we cannot ignore the ‘why’; why are people so angry – and this is where a brave conversation needs to start.

Yours in Catholic Education, 
Dr. Derek Haime, Director of Education


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