Equity Blog

A Circle of Caring: Launching COPA’s new film series for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families, and schools
As announced earlier this week, COPA shares it’s new Circle of Caring project to support safe, strong and free families, schools and communities in honour of Aboriginal History Month. This project is the culmination of much sharing,...
WHY WE ALL NEED TO BE FEMINISTS
By Mohini Athia For many, feminism is a dirty word. Stereotypes abound about who and what feminists are: angry, destructive, divisive, irrelevant – no longer important for our post-feminist age. Not so at COPA, and not so for me. I believe...
Resisting the Perpetual Tide of Victim-Blaming: In Honour of International Women’s Day (#IWD2015)
With many stories in the media about hacked accounts and phones to steal naked photos of girls and women, age-old sexist discourse continues to predominate.  Addthis to the number of women who must find the courage to tell their story of...
Mama’s boy and daddy’s girl – Questioning Gendered Parent-Child Relationships
How many of us have heard or used the phrases “she’s daddy’s girl” or “he’s a momma’s boy ”? Let’s reflect on how these terms reinforce gendered parent-child relationships that hurt children, parents and adults with sexist ideas about how...
CHILDREN ARE PEOPLE TOO
Children’s Rights Equal Human Rights Celebrate World Human Rights Day by reading this blog and watching our video with Fahmida sharing her views on rights, & creating a safe, strong & free world. Today is United Nations’ Human...
WE STILL NEED DECEMBER 6: SEXISM AND MISOGYNY IS ALIVE AND REAL
For many of us, this year’s commemoration of December 6 feels particularly pressing and poignant. We are very much aware of the many, many thousands of girls and women whom we are commemorating, who have been abused, attacked, beaten,...
FAIRNESS AND BELONGING ARE THE RIGHT OF EVERY PERSON
Fairness and belonging are the right of every person, both in and out of our school system. Efforts to create equity and inclusion at any level – classroom, school, community, society – are linked to a worldwide movement to achieve...
ON LOVING FREELY: UNLEARNING AND RE-LEARNING
“What if I’m gay?” This was a fearful question that preoccupied my mind quite often when I was 13 years old and in the middle of (what is for many) a turbulent high school career. When asked by fellow friends if I thought another girl was...
THINKING ABOUT PRIVILEGE
Reflections by Tuval Dinner, Educator, COPA I have been sexually harassed twice in my life. Once in a work environment, and another time in a bar - both times by a woman. I have reflected on how these incidents have affected me – or...
IN MY BROWN SKIN: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
May is South Asian Heritage Month in Ontario, and Asian Heritage Month in Canada.  As a South Asian woman and educator/learner this has significance for me, both personally and professionally. Recently, I saw people who looked like me (...