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Increasing Representation

Explicit and deliberate actions are urgently required to address inequities in our systems, structures, policies and practices that continue to impact student and staff success and well-being and to build trust with students, families, staff, and communities that we have been under-serving. 

The OCDSB Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap, 2020-2023, focuses on six key areas. The following outlines how we intend to focus on representation.

Goal

To increase representation of Indigenous, Black and minoritized individuals including 2SLGBTQ+ and those living with a disability, in: governance and leadership; staff recruitment, selection and promotion; and student voice.

Key Indicators

  • Number of policies and practices implemented to increase the number of Indigenous, Black and minoritized staff hired, retained and promoted
  • Increased number of Indigenous, Black and minoritized staff hired, retained and promoted
  • Number of representative roles, networks and councils established and institutionalized to represent Indigenous, Black and minoritized students, staff and communities

Priorities

  • Conduct Employment Systems Review
  • Develop and implement an Equitable Recruitment Strategy to increase representation of Indigenous, Black and minoritized staff at all levels of the organization
  • Develop and implement a Leadership Development Plan for Indigenous, Black and minoritized staff
  • Establish staff affiliate networks (Indigenous, Black and minoritized staff)
  • Establish student leadership councils (Indigenous, Black and minoritized students)

Highlight on Indigenous Knowledge

  • Expand Indigenous Education team
  • Establish Indigenous Student Trustee position
  • Establish Elders in Residence Program
  • Establish Indigenous Education Representative in each school site

Highlight on Black Excellence

  • Increase representation of ABC staff in leadership positions
  • Establish and actively support ABC staff affiliate network

Milestones

By 2020-2021

  • Staff affiliate networks (Indigenous, Black and minoritized, 2SLGBTQ+, and other self-identified equity-seeking groups) are established and actively supported

By 2021-2022

  • Employee Systems Review initiated
  • Leadership Development Plan for Indigenous, Black and minoritized Leaders and other equity seeking groups (2SLGBTQ+) is developed, implemented and actively supported
  • Equitable Recruitment Strategy is established and implemented
  • Elders in Residence Program established
  • Indigenous Education Representative established in all school sites
  • Student leadership councils established: Black, Muslim, 2SLGBTQ+, students with disabilities
  • Expand Indigenous Education team to include an additional itinerant and mental health support worker

By 2022-2023

  • Indigenous Student Trustee Position is established

 

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