ETFO Statement on Anti-Black Racism

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June  1, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario stands in solidarity with communities in Canada and the United States protesting the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and the suspicious death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto when police were called to her home for assistance. ETFO recognizes the multiple and systemic ways that anti-Black racism is reproduced and enacted every day including through targeted policing, in our public education system, health care system and in  many other institutions.

ETFO is deeply concerned about the ongoing systemic and individual forms of anti-Black racism in our communities and beyond.

It is a fatal destructive force in our society and local communities, affecting students, adults and families here in Ontario. While individual acts of anti-Black racism occur daily, systemic anti-Black racism within institutions oppresses entire Black populations on an ongoing basis. 

Education systems are not immune. In the past two years, several school boards have come under intense scrutiny for allowing and perpetrating anti-Black racism in their practices. We need to hold school boards, and the provincial government, accountable to existing anti-Black racism policies and push for more such policies to be introduced.

ETFO is committed to working with its educators to stop anti-Black racism and teach ways to unlearn it. From our ground-breaking workshops on white privilege introduced several years ago to our continuing professional resources in response to the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, ETFO has called its members to action to fight anti-Black racism.

As a union dedicated to equity and social justice, our goal is to empower educators with the tools and resources they need to make schools and classrooms welcoming and inclusive. Addressing and challenging anti-Black racism and supporting Black students and others demands our dedicated efforts if we are to help shape a society where the human rights of every individual are respected.

ETFO extends its deepest condolences to the families of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd and those of others who have felt the impact of police violence and anti-Black racism.

Local ONE helps raise money for Temiskaming Hospital Capital Campaign

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Apr 132018

On April 7, Local ONE held a free swim with pizza afterwards, at the Waterfront Inn in New Liskeard to help raise funds for Caring Close to Home . The organization is committed to raising funds to purchase equipment so people can receive specialized medical care right in the tri-town area and not have to travel great distances to receive such services. Over $350 was raised to put toward the capital campaign.



Local ONE supports teachers in Nova Scotia

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Mar 192018

On March 5th and 6th, 2018 collective bargaining representatives for both full-time and occasional teachers, attended collective bargaining training held in Toronto. Participants were treated to a warm welcome from President Sam Hammond as well as an excellent keynote address from JP Hornick who is the second vice-president of OPSEU Local 556. The message throughout the two days was to be prepared and be united when participating in collective bargaining on behalf of the membership. Below are your local leaders showing support for our fellow educators in the province of Nova Scotia. (L to R Shannon Wittmaack Local ONE OT President, Bill Newell Local ONE VP, Tina Girard Collective Bargaining rep Local ONE, Lori Ridley-Whyte Local ONE President, Darrell MacGregor, Local ONE OT VP, kneeling in front, Cheryl Sheffield, Local ONE Chief Negotiator. Missing from the picture is Travis Kendall, Local ONE OT collective bargaining rep.