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Our Commitment

HWDSB’s Equity and Inclusion Policy 5.4 is committed to the principles of equity through inclusive programming, services, and operations, in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act and Ministry of Education PPM 119 areas of focus found below. This is important, ambitious work that touches over corner of our organization.

Ableism and Discrimination Based on Disability

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is committed to the continual improvement of access to school board facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and members of the community with disabilities, and to the participation of people with disabilities in the development and review of its annual accessibility plans.

Anti–classism and Socio-economic Equity

Anti-racism and Ethnocultural Equity

Gender Equity

Gender Identity and Gender Expression

  • Procedure in development.

Religious and Creed-Based Accommodation

Sexual Orientation

Equity Action Plan

Capitalizing on the Board’s strategic priorities on student achievement, positive culture and well-being, HWDSB launches a three-year Equity Action Plan (2018/19-2020/21). The HWDSB Equity Action Plan applies anti-oppression, critical social justice and human rights perspectives with a goal to intentionally embed the core principles of human rights and equity at the system, school and classroom levels. The plan envisions a culture shift that is built on recognizing and critically challenging historically built-in inequalities and injustices that contribute towards producing inequitable outcomes in the education system.

  • Equity Action Plan – in development

Employment Equity

  • Content in development

Faith Community Advisory Committee

HWDSB believes in ensuring high level of student, parent, community and staff participation and engagement. The Faith Community Advisory Committee works with Board of Trustees and staff to support inclusive and equitable polices and practices to advance the Board’s commitment in terms of religious and creed-based accommodations to promote acceptance, understanding and inclusion. The Committee is responsible for providing the Board of Trustees with advice on specific areas of Board policy or program consistent with the Education Act and the policies of the Board, and on services that affect the educational success and well-being of HWDSB students and staff. The committee has no more than 13 members and no fewer than seven. The composition of voting committee members includes multi-faith community groups, parents, students and community members. Non-voting membership includes up to two Trustees, a senior staff representative and other staff resources as required. For more information about the committee, contact us at equity@hwdsb.on.ca

Human Rights and Equity Community Advisory Committee

HWDSB believes in ensuring high level of student, parent, community and staff participation and engagement. In support of this commitment to creating an equitable, inclusive, accessible and supportive environment, the Board of Trustees has established a Human Rights and Equity Community Advisory Committee in 2018. The committee meets at least once a year with a schedule determined by the committee. The committee is responsible for providing the Board of Trustees and staff with advice on specific areas of Board policy or program consistent with the Education Act focusing on equity, inclusion and human rights. The committee has no more than 13 members and no fewer than seven. The composition of voting committee members includes community organizations, parents, students and community members. Non-voting membership includes up to two Trustees, a senior staff representative and other staff resources as required. For more information about the committee, contact us at equity@hwdsb.on.ca

Special Education Advisory Committee

HWDSB’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is committed to working in partnership with the staff and resources of the Board to assure quality educational services for all students. SEAC advocates for students with special needs by:

  • Assisting students to receive the best programs that meet their social, physical, emotional and educational needs.
  • Advising the Board about best practices
  • Working to ensure that all students are welcomed and included within their schools.

First Nations, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) Advisory Committee

HWDSB Racialized Staff Network

The HWDSB Racialized Staff Network is a support network for racialized staff at HWDSB. The initial role of the network will be to establish the network’s structure, formulate goals and objectives and decide on the network’s areas of focus and what role it can play in enhancing the board’s strategies, including equity and inclusion, mental health and well-being, human resources, and professional development. It is expected that the network will serve to provide a space to share ideas, voice and address concerns, challenges and opportunities around the lived experiences of racialized staff at HWDSB. The group could also serve as a resource in order to address these challenges and opportunities by providing advice to the board in creating an environment that promotes professional growth and development. The Network has representations of all roles, responsibilities, departments and positions within HWDSB. Participation in the network is voluntary. If you are a racialized staff member who would like to join the network in the upcoming school year, contact us at equity@hwdsb.on.ca

Faith/Creed-Based Staff Working Group

The Faith-Based Staff Working Group provides an opportunity for staff members from different faith backgrounds to initiate multi-faith dialogue and inform and support the Board’s commitment in terms of religious and creed-based accommodations to promote acceptance and protect the religious and creed freedoms of everyone. This group will also serve as a resource in developing learning for staff on topics related to creating understanding of the Board’s policies on religious and creed accommodation, human rights and staff roles and responsibilities. The working group has representation of all roles, responsibilities, departments and positions within HWDSB. Participation in the group is voluntary. For more information contact, equity@hwdsb.on.ca

System Positive Space Committee

The HWDSB System Positive Space Committee works to make HWDSB a safer and more welcoming space for LGBTQI2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Two-spirit plus) students and staff. The committee is comprised of staff from LGBTQI2S+ communities and their allies. The committee has different working groups that focus on specific tasks, including supporting inclusive curriculum, professional training development on LGBTQI2S+ issues, and coordination of events and celebrations including Pride at HWDSB, Day of Difference and other events. The working group has representation of all roles, responsibilities, departments and positions within HWDSB. Participation in the group is voluntary. For more information contact, equity@hwdsb.on.ca

Racialized Students’ Voice Council

HWDSB students who identify as racialized are invited to join the Racialized Students’ Voice Council. The council is a platform to share their lived experiences of race and racism, reflect upon their identities, experiences and specific challenges and successes. The council will serve to connect students from different schools and provide insight on policies, programs and practices to improve outcomes for racialized students.

Indigenous Students’ Voice Council

HWDSB students who identify as Indigenous are invited to join the Indigenous Students’ Voice Council. The council is a platform to share their lived experiences of Indigenization and reconciliation, reflect upon their identities, experiences of inequities in the education system. The council will serve to connect students from different schools and provide insight on policies, programs and practices to improve outcomes for indigenous students and support the board’s Indigenous Education Action Plan.

LGBTQI2S+ Students’ Voice Council

HWDSB students who identify as LGBTQI2S+ are invited to join the LGBTQI2S+ Students’ Voice Council. The council is a platform to share their lived experiences, reflect upon their identities, experiences of inequities in the education system including, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination faced by LGBTQI2S+ students. The voice council, working with the positive space steering committee, will serve to connect students from different schools and provide insight on policies, programs and practices to improve outcomes for LGBTQI2S+ students and support work related to positive spaces at the board level and in schools. Students are not required to be out at home or in their school in order to participate. HWDSB will protect the confidentiality of students who participate to the best of our ability.

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Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy

Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan

Updated on Friday, August 16, 2019.
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