The Province of Ontario has recently released ‘A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s Three-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan’. The plan is guided by seven main principles, including removing systemic barriers, cross government support, benefiting everyone by removing barriers for some, acknowledging racism is experienced differently by different groups, inclusivity of process, evidence based approaches, and lastly sustainability of the plan as a whole.
‘A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s Three-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan’ is the province’s commitment to change the way we do things and break down barriers to advance racial equality. This means reviewing government policies, programs, and services to find ways to for everyone to have better opportunities and outcomes. It’s about making sure government is here to serve and support everyone.
The plan builds on the work already done by the Ontario Government in the field of anti-racism. Some of these programs include building an anti-racism perspective into the Strategy for Safer Ontario, as well conducting an independent review of Ontario’s three police oversight bodies. The Ministry of Education has also constructed an Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy that aims to help the education community identify and address discriminatory biases and systemic barriers in order to support the achievement and wellbeing of all students.
The Province of Ontario is an open, vibrant, and inclusive society. However, it is important to stay vigilant in our fight against intolerance and recommit our intention to learn from each other and make Ontario a better place. If you want to learn more about the plan, click HERE.
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