Human Rights Policy Consultations

Durham District School Board (DDSB) recognizes that protecting human rights is an important part of students’ and employees’ mental health, well being, sense of safety, mattering and belonging.

What are we doing?

DDSB is writing a new policy to help everyone understand their human rights, roles and responsibilities in DDSB working and learning spaces (for example, schools, offices and school or work events).

Human rights are important so that:

  • Everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and that they feel welcome, safe and included; and
  • No one is treated differently or discriminated against because of their ancestry, race, sex/gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, creed/religion or other human rights characteristics.
Why are we doing this?

It’s also the law and it’s the right thing to do. 

DDSB is writing a human rights policy and procedures to help:

  • Share information with DDSB communities about human rights, roles and responsibilities;
  • Address racism (including anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism), ableism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination and harassment in DDSB learning and working environments; and
  • Meet legal requirements under the Ontario Human Rights Code and other laws.
Who is involved?

DDSB values the diverse identities, experiences and perspectives of all members of DDSB communities. We are committed to developing a policy and procedures that reflect the voices of the communities we serve. All DDSB community members are invited to share their perspectives on the development of a human rights policy. Your voice is important – we want to hear from you.

How do I get involved?

For more information, view the Framework for the Development of a Human Rights Policy and Procedures and Consultation Plan presentation.

We invite you to have your say about the policy and consultation plan by December 8, 2020 by:

  1. Completing the survey and/or participating in the Thoughtexchange
  2. Sharing your feedback by email: humanrightspolicy@ddsb.ca or phone (905) 666-6396
  3. Joining a virtual meeting:  visit this page often for details on future consultation meetings

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, we are unable to host in person group meetings at this time.

Resources

If you require alternative formats or Human Rights Code related accommodation or communications support to participate in the consultation, please contact humanrightspolicy@ddsb.ca or (905) 666-6396.