Hosted by Community Development Council Quinte and Equity Committee, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Hastings-Prince Edward County.

Number of Participants: 10

  • Participants identified that equity is a social problem and school is one part of that equation. An example of this is that students may receive positive messages at school around equity and inclusion; however, unless broader social issues are addressed then when they leave school they will continue to face negativity.
  • The ways in which school fundraising contributes to discrepancies in resources and opportunities was a major topic of the meeting.
  • A challenging factor around equity particularly for this area is the mix of urban and rural schools that are included within the school board. One suggestion made at the meeting was to develop a sense of community ownership is a community garden. This initiative is in its infancy in the Belleville area.