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BC Community Alliance set to file human rights complaint addressing racism in Vancouver schools

Last Updated Nov 11, 2019 at 11:34 am PDT

(Source: Lord Byng Secondary School website)

The group says the Vancouver Schoool Board has failed to adequately address concerns about anti-black racism in schools

Concerns date back to November, 2018 when a white student posted a racist video targetting black students

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A group that is disappointed with how the Vancouver School Board responded to a racist video circulated at Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary last year says it intends to file a human rights complaint.

In a statement Sunday, the BC Community Alliance says they plan to file a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal, saying the Vancouver School Board has failed to adequately address concerns.

It is clear that from the lack of progress seen in the last 11 months, with little to no acknowledgement of mishandling of the incident, no proposals of policy change and no specific commitments or timelines, we have little confidence that we will see more than we have, to date, regarding improvements to dealing with racism and safety in Vancouver’s schools,” the statement reads. 

The group is circulating a survey asking students who have been targeted by racism in school to share their experiences.

“In preparation for the filing of this complaint, as representatives of black secondary school students who have experienced anti-black racism or violence in Vancouver schools, we want to hear from them, so that we can bring their stories to the attention of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. This will help us strengthen our case by shedding light on what has been in the shadows for far too long.”

In November, 2018 a white teen shared a video on social media filled with hateful comments about black people.

In September, 2019 concerned parents–armed with a petition signed by more than 800 people–addressed the school board.

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to reflect the fact that the BCCA does not speak on behalf of any particular students.