DSBN Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
Community Advisory Committee

DSBN is committed to identifying and eliminating all forms of discrimination and systemic barriers. A part of our vision is to create a culture of transformative and impactful change through an inclusive design that uses an asset-based lens of students and is anchored in anti-oppression, anti-racism and human rights. In support of this commitment to creating an inclusive environment in our schools, the DSBN has established the Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Community Advisory Committee (EIARCAC) to draw in the participation of families and our communities.

The DSBN EIARCAC meets following a quarterly schedule determined by the Committee. As a Committee Member, you will be providing advice and feedback using anti-oppressive, anti-racist and human rights lenses to ensure that decisions, policies and practices are/will not create barriers to Black, Indigenous, Racialized, 2SLGBTQ+ and other groups marginalized by societal structures.

During the 2021-2023 term, EIARCAC members were involved in providing input and feedback on the Three-Year DSBN Equity Action Plan, Grade 9 Destreaming, the Creed Accommodations Guidelines, the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Guidelines, the Inclusive Language Guidelines, DSBN Human Rights Policy, and Bullying Prevention and Intervention.

The committee is inviting applications with lived experiences from:

  • Students with lived experience
  • parents/guardians/caregivers with lived experience
  • a community representative from human rights and equity-focused organizations, alliances and/or networks that serves Black, Indigenous, Racialized communities, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, ethno-cultural communities, and people with disabilities

We consider "lived experience" as a member of an equity seeking group to be a valuable asset and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, place of origin, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; and
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities.

This position is a two-year term and ends on June 30, 2025.

Please see more details in the letters below:

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the appropriate application form:

The application deadline is Wednesday, June 21, 2023

If you have questions, please forward them to equity@dsbn.org

DSBN Equity Team
Zakia Hamdani, Consultant of Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Pratima Burton, Student Achievement Leader of Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Kelly Pisek, Superintendent of Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Shannon Mitchell, Chair of Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Trustee Advisory Committee