Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
In keeping with our Catholic tradition of universal inclusivity, Thomas Groome reminds us that the word “catholic” comes from the Greek word “Katholos” which means “welcoming all” - just as Jesus did. Inclusion is one of the foundational tenets of Edmonton Catholic Schools.
- Alberta Education outlines 6 principles of Inclusive Education. The first of which is, “Anticipate, value and support diversity and learner differences – Welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments create a sense of belonging for all learners and their families.
- Safe and Caring Schools outlines legislation and practices to ensure that schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments Students, parents and school authorities have responsibilities for ensuring welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self.
- In order for a school to be fully inclusive, evidence-informed strategies and practices to promote welcoming, caring, safe and respectful learning environments should be implemented throughout the entire school.
A whole-school approach is inclusive of school staff, students and education partners and touches all aspects of school life. It should promote positive mental health and academic achievement and include social-emotional learning in school practices, policies and partnerships.
A whole-school approach also means that everyone in the school feels safe and welcome, no matter their:
- cultural background
- sexual orientation
- gender identity
- gender expression
Edmonton Catholic School Division has several Administrative Procedures that are connected with Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism. We are committed to ongoing improvement which will involve a review of Administrative Procedures.
As a faith community, the Division welcomes all students. Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that demonstrates universal acceptance of and belonging for all children and students. Click here to read the full Administrative Procedure 213.
The principles of racial equality and ethno-cultural equity shall guide all aspects of Division operations, organization, structure, procedures and practices. Click here to read the full Administrative Procedure 170.
Respect in the Workplace
The inherent right of all individuals to be treated with dignity and respect is central to Catholic values and beliefs. The Division is committed to the creation of a working environment which fosters mutual respect for the dignity and well-being of all employees, contractors and volunteers Click here to read the full Administrative Procedure 171.
Commitment to Inclusive Communities in Edmonton Catholic Schools:
Edmonton Catholic Schools recognizes that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. As such, all human beings are inherently sacred and must be treated with dignity and respect. Click here to read the full Administrative Procedure 160