The eruption of Islamophobic behaviour aimed at the Peel District School Board is unfortunate and has obscured the fact that religious accommodation in schools is required under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
“Expressions of prejudice and hate have no place in any school community. We support the Peel District School Board in standing firm to oppose such behaviour and continuing to provide necessary accommodation,” said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
“In Canada, we have spent decades advancing the human rights of all people, and that is reflected in the work that ETFO members do every day to ensure classrooms are welcoming and inclusive.”
ETFO welcomed the announcement yesterday by the Ontario government that it is introducing Anti-Racism legislation to support a multi-year anti-racism strategy in the province.
ETFO is committed to building better schools. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.buildingbetterschools.ca. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 78,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.