April avails opportunities to learn about each others' beliefs and traditions,
Did you know... this month's overlapping of interfaith holidays only happens about every 30 years?
Holy Days occurring in April include Judaism's Passover, Christianity's Easter, Islam's holy month of Ramadan, the Sikhs' and Hindus' Vaisakhi, the Jains' Mahavir Jayanti, the Baha'i festival of Ridvan, and the Theravada Buddhist New Year!
"The rare convergence of such a wide array of holy days is an opportunity for all of us to share what we hold sacred with our neighbors from other traditions as a way of building understanding and bridging divides," - Eboo Patel
Acknowledging and Learning Inclusive Ways to Support Those Observing Dates of Significance!
The above collection of resources were provided byThe Muslim Educators of Toronto Association (META)
Ramadan Reading Recommendations from KFPL
RAMADAN READING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM KFPL
Learn about Ramadan in Kingston through the link below! http://ow.ly/T6pf50IvgNb Want to read more? Look at our collection of related titles! Thank you to the Islamic Society of Kingston
April Also Avails Opportunities to Appreciate,
Sikh Heritage Month
Below is a collection of resources from TDSB's Sikh Heritage Month Committee
International Day of Pink
Whether it’s in Canada or beyond, we need to stand up against hateful beliefs to keep the clock from turning backwards on our efforts towards establishing equality for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. It’s time now to educate the future generation to not repeat history, demand more of our politicians and policy makers, and participate in creating real change through real effort."
An Excerpt from "Autism Acceptance Not Awareness: A Perspective Shift Is Needed"
By: Nancy Doyle
"Let’s consider then a different world, one in which all neurotypes are celebrated for the rich diversity they contribute...
In this world we would respect all forms of communication such as gesture, behavior, sign language and AAC devices. In this world a non-speaking child is simply someone who uses a different language to those that prefer speech.
In this new world we have shed our judgements about tone and body language so that people who are direct and factual are taken at face value and those that don’t make eye contact are not criminalized simply for protecting themselves.
How about a world where Autistic stimming is considered no different from nervously tapping your pen or doing a little clap when you are excited? Or where lining things up into perfect rows is admired as creative play in the same way as the child drawing their family."
If we could create this level of inclusion and acceptance so many of the problems that people with Autism and their families face would be removed."
And Always Remember.
April Aligns us into Action in Supporting Communities
New Letter Writing Campaign on ISLAMOPHOBIA.IO
The National Letter of Remembrance campaign for the Afzaal family is an opportunity for Canadians to pay respects to the family, who were heinously murdered in London, ON. last year in the London terror attack. Letters are written digital submissions on Islamophobia.io. The act of letter-writing is a way to reflect, heal, and learn. It is also INSTANT Action against Islamophobia. This is a historic moment where we will make change with your letters. Please. Write. Now
and the planet!
Earth Day 2022
INVEST IN OUR PLANET
"This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, and our livelihoods.
For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet."
April asks for staff input,
See Yourself in Limestone Workforce Census and Belonging Survey (WCBS), launching on April 29, 2022
The See Yourself in Limestone Workforce Census and Belonging Survey launches this month!
Why is this important to Equity Work?
We need to better understand the current composition of our workforce with the goal of creating a more representative staff, at all levels across the organization, that mirrors the diversity of the broader communities we serve. This will provide a snapshot of our current workforce and workplaces. Just as it is for students, we know that equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts are also important for staff and their workplace.
The survey will be available to all employees of Limestone between April 29 and June 10, 2022.
It is voluntary, anonymous, and confidential.
Your voice matters!
More information about the upcoming Workforce Census and Belonging Survey is available on the Staff Portal, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Definitions of Terms.
If you missed last week’s email, be sure to check out this video message from Director Krishna Burra about the importance of the upcoming WCBS.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this important work!