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We Are All Children of God

June 04, 2020

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Dear Regina Catholic Schools community,

It is important at this time that we all attempt to process what is happening in our world today. The role racism is playing in the day to day life of Black people, Indigenous people, and all people of colour troubles us greatly.

Violence toward anyone is wrong but violence directed at someone or a group because of their race is unacceptable. We spend a lot of time thinking about what we can do to bring about change. Our default is always to lean on education because we believe it works. We have seen it work in the past! The most effective way to change behaviour is through providing knowledge and as a school system we strive to do that every day. We have been led to believe racism is a direct result of people not having enough or the wrong type of knowledge about a particular person or group.

Therefore, we all must adjust our world view to ensure our words and actions come from love and compassion. Along with our colleagues, we can ensure Regina Catholic Schools are all safe spaces of inclusion and welcome. We continue to educate ourselves and our students about why intervening and speaking up is important.

We study the Holocaust because we don't want history to repeat itself. We journey together toward Truth & Reconciliation because we need to understand past mistakes to be able to grow as a society.

Today, albeit from a distance to ensure health and safety, we pray and reflect upon the injustice facing Black people. Martin Luther King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." 1 John 3:1 tells us, "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."

So we implore everyone to prayerfully consider ways in which you might peacefully combat racism, because love is what our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us, and He doesn't want us to keep it to ourselves.

God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Amen.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Kowalchuk, Board of Trustees Chair

Domenic Scuglia, Director of Education