On September 29th, 2016, through the guidance and leadership of the African Canadian community, the One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program launched the Practice Framework, comprised of Part I, the Research Report, and Part II, the Race Equity Practices, at a one-day Symposium.
The 11 Race Equity Practices outlined in the Practice Framework are the principles which will be used by child welfare staff across the province to improve outcomes for African Canadian children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system.
Examples of how work will change for CAS agencies include:
- Accountability to the African Canadian community through the establishment of an African Canadian Provincial Advisory Council and 11 African Canadian Local Advisory Councils working with local Children’s Aid Societies across the province.
- Placement of African Canadian children and youth with African Canadian kin and families (racial and cultural matching)
- Working with CAS staff (from boards to front line staff) to conduct an organizational anti-black racism needs assessment and to create individualized implementation plans to ensure the 11 Race Equity Practices can be effectively implemented.
Nicole Bonnie, CEO of OACAS, shares her personal reflections on recent events and anti-Black racism
“It is clearer than ever that we must dismantle oppression and racism—especially anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism—if we hope to improve outcomes for families in the child welfare system.”
All In! Symposium, gives Ontario Black child welfare staff the first opportunity to gather collectively to discuss their unique experiences.
Feelings of isolation, feeling silenced, having qualifications constantly questioned, passed over for promotions, anti-Black statements in the workplace and in the community are just some of the themes that emerged from Black staff attending “All In!”.
First ever gathering of African Canadian Youth in Care marks a turning point for child welfare
In July 2018, One Vision One Voice hosted Power Up!, the first symposium for African Canadian youth in care ever held in the province of Ontario. Youth shared their experiences with the child welfare system, and participated in workshops, panel discussions, and ceremonies.