Award-winning musician Jully Black delivered entertainment and an important message today (May 18) at a conference held to fight discrimination.
Peel District School Board high school students and teachers were at the HJA Brown Education Centre for The Future We Want Conference: Unpacking the Backpack of Discrimination.
The full-day event saw Black sing and motivate her audience to eliminate stereotyping and racism. Students were happy to hear the Juno Award-winning R&B artist, and many brought cameras to snap photos.
"The conference challenged students and teachers to look at the impact of discrimination and helped them discover ways to expose and address the roots of discrimination," said Sian Evans, co-organizer and teacher at Cawthra Park Secondary School. "The goal is not to have students simply discuss discrimination - the goal is to have students recognize, identify and eliminate prejudice as it relates to their school environment."
Following Black's performance, students attended various workshops including sessions on racism and sexism.
The workshops are designed to help students and staff develop strategies for maintaining safe, inclusive and equitable learning and working environments.
Participants also gathered resources from various community organizations that participated in the conference.