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Our Action Plan to Combat Racism

  • Speak out against Anti-Black racism: We have and will continue to use our public and internal platforms (our website, social media, speaking engagements, etc.) to denounce racism and reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism
  • Anti-Black racism sessions: We have hosted a number of community forums for our staff, volunteers and caregivers to discuss their lived experiences, allyship, and healing.
  • CWICE provides expertise and assistance to children and families across Ontario who are involved with child welfare and dealing with issues related to their immigration status.
  • Community Forums: We have held community forums for Black, South Asian, and Arab communities to discuss best practices during COVID-19. Forums were attended by 105 community professionals and system leaders.
  • Cultural celebrations: We promote and recognize many diverse cultural celebrations and ethnic heritage months.
  • Community Engagement and Education: We offer community education presentations to thousands of attendees every year.
  • Cultural matching: We make every effort to ensure that children and youth in care are placed in homes within the child’s cultural community.
  • Cultural Competency: We offer a variety of service models and cultural navigators to better support the diverse communities in Peel.

 

Staff training and support

  • Training: Offering ongoing training to our staff is a priority for Peel CAS. In 2020, we offered training sessions on working with Black, 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, Arab, and Indo-Caribbean communities, as well as four Courageous Conversations trainings with Directors, team leaders and managers.
  • Resources: We created a section on our intranet with anti-Black racism information and resources for staff to access anytime, as well as a guide to DEI questions to enhance our service delivery.
  • Diversity Survey: We have conducted a diversity survey to understand the demographics of our staff.
  • Employee Experience Consultant: This position works closely with DEI and staff to develop and implement staff engagement activities to ensure that the unique needs of our employees are met.