Social Justice, Inclusion and Equity

Policy 1.8 Social Justice, Inclusion and Equity 

Social justice is a philosophical framework which recognizes the dynamics of oppression in society, is a fluid expression of a society’s collectively negotiated ethical and moral beliefs with respect to access to and distribution of resources and power, and where access to resources and power are recognized as grounded in democratic principles and collective social responsibility.

Social inclusion is the recognition that every individual in society has the inherent human right to be fully included in all economic, social, cultural and political institutions.

Equity and equitable treatment involves acknowledging diversity, recognizing and nurturing our differences, and eliminating the barriers that prevent the full participation of all peoples.

Systemic barriers generally refer to institutionalized beliefs expressed through policies and practices that have an exclusionary impact on groups and individuals.

Resources

Anti-Racist Education

Resource Type: Print

Resources related to anti-racist education are available for borrowing at the Emma Stewart Resources Centre. This bibliography provides an annotated list of print and media resources to support your own learning and your classroom practice on topics such as:

  • Racism; racial relations; colour blindness; stereotypes
  • Anti-racism
  • Racial justice; racial activism
  • Microaggressions
  • Intersectionality
  • Class and power; classism
  • Whiteness
  • Settler colonialism
  • Decolonizing education
  • Multicultural and antiracist education
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Genocide

Resource Type: Print

Resources related to genocide are available for borrowing at the Emma Stewart Resources Centre. This bibliography provides an annotated list of print and media resources to support your own learning and your classroom practice on topics such as:

  • Historical genocides (Rwandan, Cambodian, Jewish, Indigenous)
  • The Holocaust
  • Residential schools
  • Holodomor (Ukrainian famine)

Global Education and Global Citizenship

Resource Type: Print

Resources related to global education and global citizenship are available for borrowing at the Emma Stewart Resources Centre. This bibliography provides an annotated list of print and media resources to support your own learning and your classroom practice on topics such as:

  • Global issues and challenges (education, health, child rights)
  • Global awareness, justice and activism
  • Global citizenship
  • Education for living in a global world community
  • Global collaboration in the classroom
  • The global learner
  • Millennium development goals

Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Exploitation

Resource Type: Print

Resources related to sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation are available for borrowing at the Emma Stewart Resources Centre. This bibliography provides an annotated list of print and media resources to support your own learning and your classroom practice on topics such as:

  • Sexting
  • Sexual harassment and bullying
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Gender and sexual diversity; sexual orientation
  • Homophobia
  • Teen dating violence

Social Justice

Resource Type: Print

Resources related to social justice, inclusion and equity are available for borrowing at the Emma Stewart Resources Centre. This bibliography provides an annotated list of print and media resources to support your own learning and/or your classroom practice on topics such as:

  • Social justice, diversity and equity
  • Education for social justice
  • Colonization and oppression
  • Decolonizing education
  • Reconciliation
  • Racism and race relations; colorblindness
  • Gender and sexual identity and expression
  • Heterosexism, homophobia and gender violence
  • Poverty and classism
  • Ableism
  • Understanding white privilege and white supremacy
  • Neoliberalism
  • Climate change and social justice
  • Immigrant and refugee youth

Note: Resources from the McDowell Foundation are currently unavailable due to website maintenance. 

Building Bridges – Our Youth, the Future “Voices of Unity”; Mel Sysing and Dustin Kasun

Resource Type: Print, Website, Media (video)

How do teachers in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools use the Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si” Care for our Common Home to improve social and environmental education in both pedagogy and student outcome?

This project seeks to further understand and build capacity on how land is reconciliation. Moreover, to continue investigation on how the pedagogical practices of Greater Saskatoon Catholic School teachers draw on ideas of anti-racist/anti-oppressive/environmental/social justice place-based Catholic education to strengthen their understanding and commitment to the current Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You – On Care For Our Common Home). Finally, to continue the themes of findings from the first year of the project.

Catholic School Teachers Enacting Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You – On Care For Our Common Home); Mel Sysing, Dustin Kasun, Dr. Richard Manning, and Dr. Brad Harasymchuk

Resource Type: Print, Website, Media (video)

This project draws on both Indigenous knowledge and Catholic doctrine to disrupt settler/colonialist education. The project draws on anti-racist and anti-oppressive education to strengthen understandings of critical pedagogy and provide opportunities for social justice-based action research.

High School Teachers Working Towards Reconciliation: Examining the Teaching and Learning of Residential Schools; Dr. Tana Mitchell and Dr. Jennifer Tupper

Resource Type: Print, Website

Responding to the Call for Action in the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, this project will explore how teachers integrate and teach about residential schools, how students make sense of themselves as Canadians as they learn about the history and legacy of residential schools and how classrooms can become a space for reconciliation.

History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation; Denee Repski and Justin Harrison

Resource Type: Print, Website, Media (video)

History Underground: The Road to Reconciliation is a project focused on providing students with an immersive learning experience where connections are made between the historical narratives (both colonial and Indigenous) and the current realities stemming from the legacy of these narratives.

As educators we both felt that there was a lack of genuine engagement from our students about the area of treaty education and reconciliation. Our intent with this project is to facilitate experiences where students are invited away from a traditional classroom dynamic in order to walk through some of the vital and emerging histories, stories, and experiences through the lens of reconciliation. This will be achieved through mindfully walking treaty land, building connections with community and agencies, and listening to the genuine voices that represent those communities and stories that have been too often marginalized or silenced.

In the end, students will gain a better understanding of who they are and what their role is in the road to reconciliation.

Learning Opportunities

To see what workshops are currently scheduled, please visit the Events Calendar.

Beginning Your Journey to Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator

Format:  Two-day face-to-face intensive session

This two-day intensive will support you in understanding the disparities you witness within the education system, the frustrations and questions you may experience about the practices and approaches within schools and the assumptions and ideologies that manifest ongoing inequities.

  • Expand knowledge and understandings about forms of racism and how they operate within the education system.
  • Provide language to name inequitable school practices and the assumptions that guide them.
  • Deepen understanding of an anti-racist stance in education.
  • Consider your role and responsibility to engage in racial equity work within your classroom and school.

Social Justice Through Children’s Literacy: Creating Windows and Mirrors to Broaden Perspective 

Format: Early Learning: virtual half-day session or full-day face-to-face workshop; Elementary and Middle Years: full-day face-to-face workshop.

Develop your “compelling why” for social justice instruction in the classroom while reflecting on critical literacy skills, analyzing resources and practicing strategies for engaging in important conversations. Delve into children’s literacy as a pathway to open viewpoints and reflect on implicit bias.

  • Examine your personal bias and ‘compelling why’ around social justice instruction
  • Develop critical literacy skills
  • Analyze classroom resources through a social justice lens
  • Practice and problem-solve strategies for important conversations
  • Engage in professional conversations around social justice topics

Networking Opportunities

Under development.