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Dear ONABSE Members & Supporters,

Thank you very much for attending the 2022 ONABSE Virtual Provincial Conference “REIMAGINING EDUCATION: EMBEDDING AFRO/AFRI-CENTRIC PERSPECTIVES” on April 29-30th. Your attendance and participation helped to make the conference very meaningful and one of our most successful conferences! The conference featured excellent keynote speakers, Youth and Family Forums, a Career Fair, sponsors, exhibitors, over 25 workshops, the ONABSE Awards of Excellence, and our AGM.

We would like to thank our keynote speakers Dr. Molefe Asante, Karen Brown, Dr. George Dei, Dr. Njoki Wane, and Michael Malcolm; our awesome workshop presenters; our entertainer Janae Knott; our sponsors: ETFO, Western University, York University, and York University; our exhibitors; our partners: AEBS, AHEN, DBEN, OBEN, WBEN and PAACE; our Conference Committee members: Rose Gibbs, DeiJaumar Clarke, Valerie Williams, Amani Ausur, Audrey Littlejohn, Chanequa Cameron and co-chairs Shaundell Parris and Warren Salmon; the ONABSE Board, the student candidates and volunteers, and everyone else who helped out with the conference! Congratulations to the ONABSE Awards of Excellence winners Dr. Afua Cooper, Sandy Thomas, Debi Knott, Carissa Campbell and Parents of Black Children.

Most of the keynotes and workshops have been posted on the Whova platform and they will be available to conference registrants for a couple of months.

We greatly value you and your feedback about the conference and we've created an evaluation form that will help us to shape future conferences. Please fill it out to share your feedback about the conference.

We look forward to working with you in the near and distant future to help improve the success of students and educators in the province.

Sincerely,

The ONABSE Board


ONABSE Statement regarding Stephen Lecce’s participation in a “slave auction”

The Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE) has zero tolerance for anti- Black racism of any form. In response to recent news reports of Stephen Lecce’s participation in a “slave auction” at a charity event for the Sigma Chi fraternity while attending the University of Western Ontario, we call on Premier Doug Ford to immediately remove Mr. Lecce from his position as Minister of Education.

Mr. Lecce and his peers graduated from a Canadian education system without an understanding of the harmful implications of a slave auction for their Black and racialized peers. This is an example of how white supremacy culture is upheld by all levels of our public and private education systems. We encourage post-secondary institutions to reflect on the situation and take proactive measures to educate students and develop systems of accountability to prevent similar racist activities from happening again.

ONABSE is committed to working with the Ontario government, ETFO (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario) and OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation) to develop a mandatory K-12 curriculum centered on the history of people of African descent in Canada. We implore the province to invest in addressing the urgent need to decolonize all curricula and the Education Act. These are necessary steps to ensure the eradication of all manifestations of anti-Black racism. We request an urgent meeting with the Premier of Ontario to discuss these critical issues.




Towards Race Equity in Education: The schooling of Black students in the Greater Toronto Area by Dr. Carl James