The Faculty of Education joins our colleagues and community partners in remembering and celebrating the history of African Canadians. We recognize and honour the contributions all African Canadians make to our social, cultural and education environments, whether they were born in Canada or have chosen it as their home.
African Canadians have had a presence in Canada since the 17th century, coming here through many migration pathways and patterns. While many remember and celebrate Canada as the end of the “underground railroad” and as a welcoming destination for migrants from the Caribbean and Africa in the post-war period, our history and reception of persons of colour is complex and often fraught with controversy and overt racism.
In the Faculty of Education, we are committed to an anti-racist education for our students. We strive to create an environment for our students, staff and faculty that is built on equity, inclusiveness and respect.
The Faculty of Education seeks to continue our dialogue on equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure our education programs reflect the diverse communities in which we all live and thrive. In this spirit, we wish to highlight the most recent issue of Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice as a resource for our community.
Building on the White Privilege Symposium held at Brock University in 2016, this special double issue continues the conversation about sexism, racism and colonialism through seven articles, conference keynotes, a co-authored research article, creative works, self-reflection, and tools and strategies.