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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!


"Ramadan (the Islamic lunar month of fasting for millions of Muslims, world-wide) will begin on April 2nd or 3rd, 2022 depending on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims around the world will be fasting from just before sunrise until sunset during this special month of self reflection, giving charity, and sacrifice."

From: /bit.ly/Ramadan2022meta

The above collection of resources were provided byThe Muslim Educators of Toronto Association (META)

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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

@KingstonMuslims for helping to put this list together. http://ow.ly/cbzU50Ivgog

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April Also Avails Opportunities to Appreciate,

Sikh Heritage Month

"On April 30, 2019, the Canadian government enacted the Sikh Heritage Month Act, designating the month of April each and every year as “Sikh Heritage Month”. The month of April has been designated as Sikh Heritage Month to “…provide an opportunity to reflect on, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Sikh Canadians have played and continue to play in communities across the country”.

Below is a collection of resources from TDSB's Sikh Heritage Month Committee

Gurdeep Pandher celebrates Sikh Heritage Month with bhangra dancers from across Canada


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."

From: https://www.dayofpink.org/en/home-2022

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Autisitc Pride

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."

Here is the rest of the article:


And Always Remember.

Yom Hashoah

"On April 28, the Jewish communities across the globe will honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the brave Survivors on Yom HaShoah. Events are being held in-person and virtually in communities across Canada."

From: https://www.cija.ca/yomhashoah22/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yomhashoah22

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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


"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."

From: https://www.earthday.org/

Earth Day 2022

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!

As A Way to Identify Next Steps in Cultivating Equitable and Inclusive Workspaces.

April is Amazing,

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As are you!

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Working Towards Equitable Outcomes, where Everyone Sees Themselves in Limestone

Please do not hesitate to contact Rae McDonald, for further inquiries or recommendations for this mailout.