Diversity exists, inclusion does not…It is created through ongoing, open, honest, and courageous conversations.
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools recognize and honour diversity and are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who learn and work in our school community.
Our goal in Social Justice is to inform, educate, and advocate for visible and invisible diversities in our school communities, including, but not limited to, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, culture, and socio economic status.
“Inclusive practices are everyone’s responsibility yet must be championed by the leadership of the organization. It is the job of the advocates and front-line people to hold leaders accountable and remind them of their commitment.”
Human Rights Advisor-Educator, UVIC
School Based Inclusion Advocates
Across the district in each school there is a School Based Inclusion Advocate whose role is to be a safe person at their school to students as well a conduit for school staff to go to about social justice issues. Monthly updates are touched on at staff meetings along with ongoing social justice initiatives.
If you would like to be your schools inclusion advocate please get in contact with us.
To find out who the Inclusion Advocate is at your school, contact your Principle.
Social Justice in NLPS
The Board of Education, Senior Staff of NLPS, NDTA and CUPE firmly believe in and abide by the principles of respect, acceptance, safety and equity. These principles are demonstrated by the recognition and honouring of diversity, and valuing the contributions of all members of our school communities.
Together we recognize that visible and invisible diversities exist and, therefore, are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all who learn and work in NLPS. We are committed to a learning environment that reflects diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
District Social Justice
Education is the primary purpose of the district, thus the District Social Justice Team is committed to providing educational workshops, in-services, and resource sharing to all members of our school communities.
If you would like us to come into your school please contact us:
Social Justice Team
- Robyn Kemp – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carlo Pavan – email@example.com
- Natalie Pryce (EA) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Library Resources
Goals for Human Rights (of individuals or groups): • prevent discrimination through education • correct persistent patterns of inequity and take action against discrimination • provide an effective, efficient and timely remedy for incidents or situations in which human rights are threatened, through a fair process Goals for Social Justice: • ensure that socioeconomic background does not preclude any person from achieving the full benefits of participation in society • work in a way that acknowledges the complexity of social issues and the need for collaborative action Goals for Diversity: • take into account visible and invisible differences among individuals and cultural groups • encourage understanding, acceptance, mutual respect and inclusion, in order to make school communities and society as a whole more equitable for all people. Goals for both Multiculturalism and Aboriginal Peoples: • develop cross-cultural understanding to create sensitivity to and respect for differences • eliminate racism by addressing the effects of historic, organizational, systemic and attitudinal racism – create an awareness of racism – educate about what we all can do about racism – develop strategies that take action against racism • eliminate systemic and attitudinal barriers that prevent full and equitable participation in education and community activities such as: – practices that intentionally or unintentionally exclude, limit and discriminate against individuals and groups – attitudinal barriers that create an environment where people may act out their prejudices, assumptions and biases • develop culturally responsive services to meet the changing needs of the diverse school community