Niagara Catholic District School Board
EQUITY AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICY
Adopted: June 15, 2010
Revised: November 23, 2010
Policy No. 100.10
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Niagara Catholic District School Board (the Board) recognizes that all people are created equal, in the image of God, each with inimitable characteristics deserving of dignity (Genesis: 1:27). In accordance with the Church’s teachings, it is the policy of the Board to provide in all its operations an educational environment which supports and enables diversity within its Catholic community.
The Board recognizes that any form of social or cultural discrimination is incompatible with Catholic moral principles and is in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Board recognizes that the school system gives pre-eminence to the tenets of the Catholic faith, congruent with the protection afforded in the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Constitution Act, 1982 and confirmed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Board and its staff are committed to the elimination of discrimination as outlined in Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy (the Strategy) and the Ontario Ministry of Education (the “Ministry”) Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119 (2009), in a manner which is consistent with the exercise of the Board’s denominational rights under section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and as recognized at section 19 of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code).
The Director of Education will issue Administrative Guidelines in support of this policy.