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A Community Vision With an Equity Focus

Who is Equity Matters?

Equity Matters is a coalition of Indigenous and racialized/newcomer organizations, along with groups that work with oppressed communities. A guiding principle of the coalition is the belief that in order to improve outcomes for Indigenous, racialized and oppressed students, they need to see themselves better reflected in the curriculum and staff working in all levels of the public school system. Equity Matters is promoting the role of an Education Equity Office in the city of Winnipeg and an Education Equity Secretariat within the provincial government to address the barriers faced by students from Indigenous, racialized and oppressed communities in order to better meet their aspirations and needs.

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What is an education equity office?

A modern public school system should have an explicit equity focus to impact policy, administrative action, de-colonization and anti-racism instructional practice, workforce representation, and professional development to support high educational achievement for all students.

An Educational Equity Office provides the public school system with an organizational structure to address issues of colonialism and systemic racism on an on-going and proactive basis.

A key focus of an Educational Equity Office is to provide an integrated approach to address issues of student equity and employment equity. It promotes the development of capacity within the public school system to use equity data and measurements to enhance accountability and to drive equity initiatives for students, parents and employees.
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Endorsed By

Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg

Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg Inc.

African Communities of Manitoba Inc.

Altered Minds Inc.

Art City

Aurora Family Centre

Bilal Community and Family Centre

Canadian African Muslim Women Association

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba

Canadian Community Economic Development Network – Manitoba

Central Park Women’s Resource Centre

Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development

Coalition of Filipino-Canadians for Stronger Families Inc.

Community Economic Development Network – Manitoba

Community Education Development Association

Council of South Sudan Communities of Manitoba

Elizabeth Fry Society

Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba – Stronger Together Inc.

Graffiti Art Gallery

Healthy Muslim Families

Immigrant Refuge Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)

Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

Inclusion Winnipeg

Indigenous Vision for the North End

Islamic Social Services Association

John Howard Society of Manitoba

Ka Ni Kanichihk

Klinic Community Health

Knowles Centre Inc.

Kurdish Initiative for Refugees Inc.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

Macdonald Youth Services

Make Poverty History

Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations

Manitoba Islamic Association

Manitoba Possible

Marymound Inc.

Mount Carmel Clinic

Native Clan Organization

Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad

Neeginan Centre

New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families

Newcomer Education Coalition

Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services Inc. (NEEDS)

North End Women's Centre

North Point Douglas Women’s Centre

Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba

Refugee Immigrant Farming and Integration in Manitoba

Resource Assistance for Youth (RAY) Rossbrook House

SEED Winnipeg

Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

Success Skills Centre

The Peaceful Village

Urban Circle Training Centre Inc.

West Broadway Community Organization

West Central Women’s Resource Centre

Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC)

Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle

Winnipeg Trails Association

Women of Colour Leadership Initiative

Youth Agencies Alliance

Youville Centre

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