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.

Solidarity on the Picket Line

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Feb 122020
 

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Thank you for standing united in opposition to the Ford government’s approach to education!

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Collective Bargaining Information Meetings

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Oct 102019
 

On October 2nd and 3rd, Donna Howey of Collective Bargaining Services, Evelyn McGrogan of Professional Relations Services, and Monica Rusnak, former Local O.N.E. President and current ETFO Provincial Vice President, joined our Local leaders to meet with Local O.N.E. members, to inform them of the status of collective bargaining . Meetings were held in Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Kirkland Lake, Timmins, and New Liskeard.

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World Teacher Appreciation Day October 5, 2019

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Oct 092019
 

Andrew and Julianne Wray brought their girls, Muriel and Anna for a swim and had a great time.

Michael Harmanmaa and his kids Lilah and Thatcher enjoyed the pool immensely.  Local executive member Kerri Macdonald, and her sister Heather MacDonald, brought their niece, Abby and Heather’s daughter, Hadleigh, to the pool for a swim and some yummy snacks afterwards.

 

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ETFO Supports Take Back The Night

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Nov 122018
 
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ETFO Supports Homeless Coalition Timmins

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Nov 122018
 
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ETFO Local ONE Supports Timmins PRIDE

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Jun 182018
 


NDP MP Charlie Angus, Bill Newell, Michael Sloan, and Tina Mitchell

NDP MP Charlie Angus, Bill Newell, Michael Sloan, and Tina Mitchell

Bill Newell, Tina Girard, Michael Sloan, NDP MPP Gilles Bisson, and Kerri MacDonald

The weather was beautiful on Saturday, June 9th for the Timmins PRIDE rally and parade. Local executive members were joined by NDP MP, Charlie Angus and NDP MPP, Gilles Bisson to lend support to a great day for the LGBTQ2S community.

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ETFO RALLY IN SUPPORT OF BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS

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Jun 042018
 

President Sam Hammond speaks to the rally crowd.
Provincial Executive Member and Local ONE Liason, Nathan Core, joined Local ONE President Lori Ridley-Whyte, and Provincial Executive VP/Female, Monica Rusnak.
Teachers and other educational professionals gather outside the Mowat Block at the Ministry of Education

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Local leaders joined President Sam Hammond and other provincial executive members, to march to the Mowat Block of the Ontario Ministry of Education. The Building Better Schools platform was the message that was sent by the marchers. President Hammond addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for the show of solidarity in the lead-up to the writ being dropped and the Ontario election being announced.

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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.