In the month of June, Peel District School Board schools and sites will raise and/or display Pride and First Nations flags, in the spirit of equity, inclusion and reconciliation. The raising of flags is only one of the ways we help to create spaces that are inclusive, welcoming and safe for students, staff and families.
The decision to raise these flags is about acceptance and inclusion, but it's also about hope; it's about understanding that everyone should feel proud of who they are and that public education plays a role in upholding the inherent dignity and worth of all persons.
Pride Flags will be raised in all schools and sites in June. The board has consulted with The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the board's Indigenous Education Advisory Circle (IEAC), and will raise The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Flag, in recognizing their treaty territory.
As it will take several weeks for delivery of The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Flags, one will only be flown at the HJA Brown Education Centre (central board office) in June until the other flags arrive. This decision was made in consultation with The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the board's IEAC.
The manner in which flags may be displayed in Canada is not governed by any legislation, but by established practice. The rules applied by the federal government are not mandatory for individuals or organizations; they serve as guidelines for all persons who wish to display the Canadian flag and other flags in Canada. Other flags have been flown on the same pole as the Canadian flag in neighbouring school boards for years without issue.
As a board, we are committed to achieving inclusion for all through continuous progress on equity. This is yet another step for us in our journey and aligns with our board commitment to supporting students from marginalized communities, including Indigenous students and students who identify as LGBTQ+. This work is included in the board's strategic plan, our Plan for Student Success.
Please join us in helping to ensure all our students, staff and families are welcomed and accepted, in the spirit of equity, inclusion and reconciliation. Click here for more information and to view our Frequently Asked Questions.