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OCDSB Statement: 'We will need to come together and find a path forward'

OCDSB Statement: 'We will need to come together and find a path forward'
Posted on 10/20/2020
OCDSB Statement: 'We will need to come together and find a path forward'Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Abdirahman Abdi and the Black community who continue to grieve the loss of a loved one following today’s court decision.

Mr. Abdi’s death and the subsequent trial have raised emotions and surfaced difficult conversations for our community. We will need to come together and find a path forward. Our schools and classrooms are an important part of that journey.

Today, we listen and learn from each other, from BIPOC communities, those with lived experiences with racism or violence, and mental health advocates.  We reaffirm our commitment to the work that needs to be done to prioritize the dignity and well-being of students in inclusive and caring classrooms, to champion and nurture a safe, caring and respectful workplace, and to remove barriers to equity of access, opportunity and outcomes. This is best done in partnership with our network of community agencies.

In response to today’s court decision we must remember to reach out and support each other. If you need help, please consider the following resources:

Relevant Mental Health Supports:

  • Black Youth Helpline:  1-833-294-8650   https://blackyouth.ca/

  • Jaku Konbit: (Black youth support group) 613-567-0600

  • OCISO (staff working remotely) 613-725-5671x316 or email: info@ociso.org

  • Somali Centre for Family Services:  613-526-2075

  • Youth Services Bureau (YSB) crisis line (available 24/7) 613-260-2360 or chat.ysb.ca

  • KidsHelp phone (available 24/7) 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

  • Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311

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