September 23, 2020

Peel District School Board extends apology to community leader Idris Orughu for acts of discrimination and anti-Black racism

​The Peel District School Board is taking many steps in its efforts to dismantle anti-Black, African and Caribbean racism and achieve racial equity. One of these important steps is to acknowledge past mistakes to enable reconciliation.

On March 9, 2020, the Peel District School Board issued a notice of Trespass to Idris Orughu, a community leader and advocate. The notice stated that he engaged in disrespectful communication towards members of the Board of Trustees on February 11, 2020, and made harassing and threatening comments on February 25, 2020 to members of the Board of Trustees, requiring the intervention of Peel Regional Police.

The Peel District School Board extends an apology to Mr. Orughu.

The issuing of the notice of trespass and contacting the Peel Regional Police were acts of discrimination and anti-Black racism.

The Peel District School Board recognizes and apologizes on behalf of senior leadership for the impact of that trespass letter on Mr. Orughu’s advocacy efforts to change education policies that perpetuate anti-Black racism and oppressive practices.

The Peel District School Board is committed to working with members of its community to address anti- Black racism, inequity, and social inequality that impact the ability for all students to achieve their potential.

Bruce Rodrigues
Supervisor
Peel District School Board

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